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[Tennis/NSTT] Grass court season 8 [RP/Results]

Postby Electrum » Tue Aug 09, 2022 4:52 am

NationStates Tennis Tour grass court season 8 RP thread

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This thread will be the thread where roleplays and results will be posted for the NationStates Tennis Tour's grass court season.

Scorination Details
All tournaments are scorinated on xkoranate. Singles tournaments have best of three tiebreak sets and doubles tournaments will be best of two sets with a match tiebreaker. Grand slam singles and doubles tournaments will be best of five and three sets respectively with a final advantage set.

The logarithm ranking points are used. To determine the doubles seeding the average of the two doubles player's logarithmic rankings are used. Draws for both the singles and doubles competition are seeded. All roleplays are scored with quality over quantity emphasized. Multiple roleplays submitted on the same day will be counted as one larger whole. All players without ranking points will have a skill level equal to the lowest main draw player's logarithmic points, if that nation has roleplayed previously or in the tournament.

Where there are more entrants than available places, a knock-out qualification round is played. At the conclusion of each tournament, rankings are updated to reflect the new points earned by players. These points last one season.

Links
NSTT Grass court season 8 sign-up thread
NSTT Season 8 tournament timeline and rankings
NSTT Discussion/OOC thread
NSTT Discord server

Timeline (all times in UTC)
9 August - Sign-ups begin
23 August - Tabeira International sign-ups close
25 August to 31 August - Tabeira International
31 August - Antillia Masters sign-ups close
2 September to 9 September - New Oxford Masters
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Postby Acastanha » Tue Aug 09, 2022 4:54 am

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Welcome to Tabeira International. It is the first NSTT sanctioned event held in Acastanha. A Tier 2 event which means that the event will only be opened to newcomers and low ranked players because this is their chance and place to shine.

The Country, Acastanha

Acastanha or officially Federation of Acastanha is a medium size country located in the north east tip of mainland Mandalanusa. It has a land border with Sendhang (also with Kayangan but unfortunately they are CTEd) and a maritime border with Koaiwa (And again with a CTEd country Hundredstar). With a land area of around 80,000 square kilometers and 9 millions population, the country has a very low density. The majority of its population is of Arramayn ethnicity which account to nearly 80% of the population. The largest minority is mixed Lusitan followed by Ketampi and Atoni people. Arranese, Ketampi Malay and Lusitan are the official languages.

The current government of Acastanha came into existence after the Arrakan Civil War with a new constitution signed in 1987. Under the new constitution, the country is divided into 2 highly autonomous republics, Republic of Arra and Republic of Palidas. While the national capital Amarelda is designated as its own region.

The City, Tabeira

Tabeira is a city and capital of Tabeirakan Province, one of the 5 province in Republic of Arra. It was also the capital of the historical kingdom in the area which is also name Tabeirakan. Located inland and surrounded by forest, that's how the city got its name. In local language (Arranese), Tabeira means tree. The city and the province is known for its forestry products. Acastanha main export commodity, CPO is produced here. In term of population, it is the fifth largest city in the country and the second in Republic of Arra after the capital Arrachai.

As a provincial capital, Tabeira is a highly connected city in terms of transportation. It is connected in all direction via road and rail. It's directly connected to 3 seaports in the western Acastanha, Penshar, Praia do Emerita and Bandar Ketam. And it is surely connected to Arrachai and to border city, Vaanbaas. Inter-region route connected the city with Madeira and Praia de Sal. While via air, it is quite tricky. Acastanha have 4 international airports but in Republic of Arra there's only 1 international airport, Arra International Airport which located in Arrachai. Tourist that came via air have to board a flight to Arra Int'l Airport and then take a charter vehicles or public transportation to go to Tabeira. Or they can bound a domestic flight to Tabeirakan Airport.

The city is quite relax with drinking and smoking. Although the age of consent have to be noticed. You have to be at least 21 years old to be able to drink alcohol and smoking in the city.

The Venue

Tabeirakan Tennis Club is selected as the venue for the event. It is the only tennis court available in the city. The tennis club is a part of Tabeirakan Country Club, a leisure club with several facilities including 9-holes golf course, swimming pool, restaurant and cafe aside from the tennis club. The venue is in the city's outskirt. It is lush with green natural view of tropical forest. It has a total of 12 courts, 8 grass including the main court, 3 clay and 1 hard court. The main court has a capacity of 4,000 seats.

Drawing and Schedule

Single Drawing
Double Drawing

Official Schedule:
Cutoff 2 PM - 4 PM UTC
25 Aug : Single Qualification Round
26 Aug : Single Round 56; Double Qualification Round
27 Aug : Single Round 32; Double Round 28
28 Aug : break day (no scorination)
29 Aug : Single Round 16; Double Round 16
30 Aug : Single Quarterfinal; Double Quarterfinal
31 Aug : Single Semifinal; Double Semifinal
1 Sep : Single Final; Double Final
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Postby Ceni » Tue Aug 09, 2022 9:09 am

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Centered around the world-renowned University of New Oxford, the city of New Oxford is the third largest city by population (with around one million people) and the largest by area in Ceni's "Metropolitan Tetrad" which also consists of Cenial, City Centre and Whitehaven. The city itself has at least five radically different vibes: the northern area around Cenial International Airport (which is actually in New Oxford) is more gritty and working-class, even with some "garden city" districts interspersed; the central areas around University Centre definitely have a college town vibe, with students roaming the streets in search of booze and treats; Downtown New Oxford is a classic and cultured city, with theatres, music halls, museums, and exhibition halls along with some research activity; south of University Aumbry, the neighbourhoods turn into leafy suburbs, with a less urban vibe than much of the remainder of the Tetrad.

The New Oxford Masters will be held in the UNO Tennis Centre. Nestled on the eastern side of the largely Collegiate Gothic campus, which has a reputation for educating students in the humanities, the Tennis Centre has one stadium court with 7,500 seats, three grandstand courts with around 2,500 seats, and sixteen other courts, which have around 1,000 to 1,500 seats on bleachers for every group of three courts. These courts are normally used for the UNO tennis team but have hosted the New Oxford Masters on the NationStates Tennis Tour two times in the past.

The C Line will be the most important transportation link by far for tournament participants. The Tennis Centre has its own stop on the Metro system, which has links to Cenial International Airport, New Oxford Airport, and Cenial City Airport (the latter two of which mainly serve Terranean destinations, especially nearby Eura and Nephara); downtown New Oxford; and attractions in Cenial, which is about 45 minutes to an hour away by metro. Participants might also find the neighbouring K Line useful for jaunts down to the glitzy Priarlin Boulevard area, the Theatre District or the popular Whitehaven Beach.

Food options are plentiful in New Oxford, although the cuisine varies with neighbourhood. Around the University itself, the most common options are pubs and so-called "greasy spoon" diners (ooc: similar to the find of places you might fine on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives). Experiencing the New Oxford nightlife is a must-do (after the tournament) as packed bars often experiment with innovative cocktails. Downtown, which features much more upscale cuisine, is within spitting distance of the University if players get tired of the greasy spoons around the University.

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Clockwise from top left: UNO Tennis Centre; Bodleian Crescent; Downtown New Oxford;
Baen Wyke Museum and Gardens; Hawk/Barick Theatre; Central Quadrangle, University of New Oxford


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Schedule and Draws


Singles Draw: https://challonge.com/no2022s
Doubles Draw: https://challonge.com/no2022d

Cutoffs will take place between 2000-2200 Central Daylight Time; all dates listed are also in CDT.

September 3: Singles round 1
September 4: Singles round 2/Doubles round 1
September 5: Singles round 3/Doubles round 2
September 6: Singles round 4/Doubles round 3
September 7: Quarterfinals
September 8: Semifinals
September 9: Finals
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The Britonish Open // The Barlinedon Championships

Postby Britonisea » Tue Aug 09, 2022 3:26 pm

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The Britonish Open
Singles Champion: Al Montis de Surmar (AND)
The Britonish Open II
Singles Champion: Elaine Foyner (CEN)
Doubles Champions: Perger Rianor/Ricpeer Rianor (CEN)
The Britonish Open III
Singles Champion: Llinos Cairistìona (FCF)
Doubles Champion: Llinos Cairistìona/Säde Kaja (FCF)
The Britonish Open IV
Singles Champion: Lonus Varalin (CEN)
Doubles Champions: Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM)

The Britonish Open V
Singles Champion: TBA - October 2022
Doubles Champions: TBA - October 2022


The Barlinedon Championships
Singles Champion: TBA - October 2022
Doubles Champions: TBA - October 2022

Draw Information


Welcome Back


Widely regarded as one of the first events of what is today the NSTT, The Britonish Open has been around for quite some time. With 2018 seeing the now named National Tennis Complex going under heavy restoration, Barlinedon was deemed not good enough for international standards and while lower league national tennis matches were held in the tennis complex, for the first time in three years, the Britonish Open returned with a successful edition of the contest seeing some great tennis held on this wonderful campus once again. It has been quite some time since international tennis in Britonisea, by but no means underestimate the drive and passion that the country has had whilst Britonish hosting has been put on hold. The news that Britonisea would be hosting a Tier One tournament in the run-up to the Mercedinian Open - which has been upgraded to a Grand Slam - had sent shockwaves through the country, with not very many expecting the announcement at the time. After yet another stellar performance at the Olympic Games, Britons are more than ready to bring tennis home once egain - Doportedas and the Britons await your arrival. This year, the National Tennis Complex will feel like a Grand Slam as Barlinedon will host a Tier 2 tournament, The Barlinedon Championships, alongside it meaning more chances to watch tennis!

Who will follow in the footsteps of the stars listed above? We simply cannot wait to find out...



About the National Tennis Complex


The Barlinedon Tennis Complex is the flagship grass tennis complex in the country - and the most known! With hard courts being played on in the north of the country, in the west, kids grew up on grass courts and so it's a huge win for them that Doportedas was chosen as the tennis capital of the country. National Tennis Complex is located in the town, Barlinedon in one of the major central boroughs of the capital - not too far away from Centrale - the hub and main town of Doportedas and home to Centrale Station which is a multi-platform station connecting people to either Olympia Airport via Underground services or our main airport Aeroporte International via Overground services (and Underground services too if you want to take a long way around!). Centrale also has many connections across Britonisea and Aloquirbe and so with Barlinedon being a stone throw away from this, the Complex is easily connected to the rest of the world.

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What can you see?
Barlinedon South Facing View @ Night
You can see all of the courts that will be used, with the courts on the right having seating capacity, Courts 2-5. And at the end of the park, you can see Centre Court (14,820)...


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What can you see?
Barlinedon North Facing View @ Day
Here you will be able to see Main Court, a newly built arena (13,000) with Court 1 (now 3,000) being downsized to fit the huge arena next to it.

Order of Play at The Britonish Open will be revealed, with courts being decided based on a ranking of a player or whether a player is Britonish. It is the aim of the organisers to have at least one Briton play in one of the two arenas per day, with an expected three to four matches in each of the arenas, five matches on Courts 1-4, with excess matches. Tickets for the main two courts during the latter stages of the competition will be above £80 Brito Pound Sterlings, but in order to get onto the site, prices will be set at £9, with discounts for students and under 18s - tickets are available in two batches - weeks before the competition and 24 hours before each day (1 BPS = 1.67-1.69 NSD).

Matches will be assigned either Morning Session (10 AM - 1:30 PM), Day Session (2 PM - 5:30 PM) or Night Session (6 PM - 10:30 PM) on the following courts...

Centre Court (14,820) - Centre Court at the National Tennis Complex is back and better than ever. On the same court where we saw Llinos Cairistìona from Ferret Civilization
dominate in both the singles and doubles at the third Britonish Open, the Court will spring back into action with more memories yet to be written. There is a retractable roof on this court.

Main Court (13,000) - Main Court at the Barlinedon Tennis Complex is a new stadium that currently is on the site of the old Court One - well, half of it. Main Court has a retractable roof which will be perfect for rainy days at the competition (if there are any). The roof is super quick and easy to close due to the roof opening being quite small anyway. The arena is quite big on the inside, and we cannot wait to have you inside. Air-conditioned too!

Court One (3,000) - Court One used to be bigger but as you can see above, Main Court has taken most of its place, leaving 3,000 seats but this will bring you close to the action and excitement of Main Court. The Court is completely outdoors and will also be the home of some of the top seeds in the competition too.

Courts Two to Five (2,000) - These courts have seats on two sides of the court (one longways and the other behind the baseline) with the other sides being open for the viewing public. There is a small fee to have a seat. We are hoping that this provides a cool atmosphere where players can not only be cheered on by those seated but can also look up at those who are having a quick look down to see who is playing.

Practise & Outdoor Courts - Due to the number of those participating at The Britonish Open and now the Barlinedon Championships, some players will have to play on the courts which are adjacent to Courts Two to Five. These courts can be used as both practise courts (and players can have the option to have these courts covered using sheets which you can unhook from the ground on the outside of the courts - but we will do this for you) or as championship courts and we will open it up for the public to watch.

While you're at the NationalTennis Complex, you can do much more than just watch tennis. There are opportunities to play tennis yourself on some of our clay and hard courts - you can book a one-hour training session with some of the coaches and even win a chance for a one-to-one with some of the biggest Britonish tennis stars. Barlinedon is alongside a canal and so you're able to have a seat and enjoy your lunch from one of the many food vendors there. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, as you can see above, Barlinedon is very well connected to the rest of the city, so you can take a quick trip into Centrale or the nearby University as they have their freshers' events going on. Finally, along the canal (probably huge screens on one side of the canal with fans on the other side?), there will be huge screens featuring the matches from the courts you have to pay to enter (Arenas and Court One) so those who are on the grounds won't miss out on the best tennis action.

As we head out of the summer, the weather may be a lot more unpredictable than if the competition was held during the height of summer. We can expect clear weather, but some days may be overcast.



Scheduling & Qualifers



Likely Schedule (based on numbers last year)

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Postby Mercedini » Wed Aug 10, 2022 12:09 am

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Mercedinian Open VI
Cortex Centre - Zoloroni Sports City, Mercedini
First EditionSecond EditionThird EditionFourth EditionFifth Edition



Welcome to the Mercedinian Open. This is currently the longest running event on the Grass Circuit, currently in it's sixth edition. It is a Grand Slam event for the second time, and is held on grass at the Cortex Centre in Zoloroni Sports City, Mercedini. As is usually the case, two events will be held, a singles event along with a doubles event, which will be running in parallel with each other.

As previously mentioned, this is the sixth iteration of the Mercedinian Open, for those new to the NSTT circuit or if you just need some inspiration for potential IC posts, then you can view full results and previous RPs above. It has been noted that this tournament is one of the most unpredictable tournaments in the NSTT, with new nations storming through the rounds if the fans are loud and the coverage is plentiful (hint hint).


Schedule
(cut-offs will take at the next available opportunity after 2030 UTC (9:30pm UK Time) on the dates stated below)


XXth September/October: Merlectrum Dance Party

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Cortex Centre
Make Memories @ Mercedini's Home Of Tennis


Location: Zoloroni Sports City - Northeastern Zoloroni, Mercedini
Capacity: ~45,000 (across 16 courts)
Tenants: Mercedinian Tennis Association, Zoloroni Tennis Club
Year Built: 2009
Transportation Features:
- Zoloroni Metropolitan Train Service: T2, T9 & TSC
- Zoloroni Metropolitan Bus Service: B9, B16, B19 & SportsCity Direct
- Zoloroni International Airport
- Twenty-five minute drive from Carlsgrunik MetroBullet Station, Zoloroni Central

The prosperous capital of Mercedini is the stage for the Mercedinian Open for the sixth time. The Cortex Centre was one of the first completed complexes in Zoloroni Sports City, initially hosting the domestic qualifying for the nation's first outing as an international tennis-playing nation. Following that, a successful bid was accepted by the NSTT for Mercedini to host their own Tier 1 tennis tournament, and the rest is history. The MercOpen was the final tournament to be played before NSTT's hiatus a couple of years ago, with the tournament traditionally hosted in the final quarter of the year. It is seen as one of the more stable locations to host a tennis tournament, with Dini also hosting the NSTT World Tour Finals in Shebchetsik a couple of years back. Dinians turn up in their thousands, and combined with foreign visitors, make for a fortnight-long spectacle of sport. With the NSTT now getting bigger and bigger as the years progress, the MTA finally realised their dream when they bagged the Grand Slam position for the grass court circuit. It will be the third tournament with this new status.

Mercedini has two national languages and both are universally spoken in the nation as children are taught both at a young age. Mercedinian is the native language of all citizens and is based around the Italian language, knowing the language isn't paramount to a tourist's experience but Mercedinians always appreciate a foreigner attempting to communicate in Mercedinian. If learning a foreign language isn't your thing then English is also universally spoken throughout the nation, especially in cities and other metropolitan areas as it is considered the language of business and commerce. It is common for Mercedinians to speak more than one language with some opting for a third if proficient enough in their previous two, Google Translate is also only a couple of clicks away if you need it.

Mercedini's national currency is the Mercede (M) and is used universally for the nation's transactions. Currently, the Mercede is a strong and reliable currency with 1.56 NationStates Dollars equalling 1 Mercede (M0.64 = 1 NS$). Goods & Services in Mercedini are comparably cheap thanks to low operating costs, free-trade deals and low import tariffs for foreign goods, they can be paid for using the common Mercede currency, although visitors can pay with NS Dollars or use many credit or debit card providers. Citizens of Mercedini are pretty well-off with average incomes topping M145,000 (226,822 NS$) which means luxury goods & services are as much a part of Mercedinian shopping-culture as your general necessities.

Food & Drink is considered a pillar of Mercedinian culture, which means visitors are literally in for a treat when they visit one of the nations many cafes, restaurants, bars or pubs. As previously mentioned, integration has played a large part in the cuisine, but ultimately Mercedinian cuisine has stayed largely close to it's roots. Mercedinian cuisine, like the language, is based on Italian cuisine, with flavourful pasta and rice dishes on offer, along with pizzas and stuffed flatbreads perfect for carnivores and vegetarians alike. For the tourists, dishes from their home nation will always be on offer which means that visitors can always have a taste of home while enjoying the action in Mercedini. If you're a fan of carb crashes, we think you'll love our nosh!

As it is the official capital city of Mercedini as well as the commercial hub of the nation, Zoloroni is large bustling city littered with modern skyscrapers and office buildings. Zoloroni will be at the centre of the action, holding the host arena as well as hosting most of the pre-tournament events. Visitors will not be disappointed as Zoloroni has restaurants, shops and sightseeing trips in abundance, meaning that players and fans have plenty of activities waiting for them on their off-days. Zoloroni's main sporting attraction is the Sports City, which just a small journey away from the city centre.

Mercedinans are generally very peaceful to visitors and are always ready to help out foreigners. If you need a recommendation for a restaurant or need help finding direction to your favourite tourist spot, someone will always be at hand to give you a point in the right direction. Mercedinians usually keep to themselves out on the street but will converse with almost anyone if approached in a friendly manner. It always helps to know a bit of Mercedinian first. As a nation, Mercedini welcomes new visitors with open arms and hopes every tourist has a great experience in our nation. Andiamo!

If you want to know more about Mercedini before you visit, feel free to TG me about life in the country


Courts
Something For Everyone


VolareMercedini Centre Court (22,000)
As the name suggests, Centre Court is in the middle of all the action and will showcase the best that the NSTT has to offer, from the highest seeds, to the plucky underdogs, stories will likely be written in front of 22,000 spectators. With much of the media attention also focused on Centre Court, the eyes of the multiverse will be drawn to players featured here. If you're a seed at this tournament, make sure to book yourself a locker and a seat before you inevitably walk onto the perfectly manicured grass.

Almeronovic Court One (10,500)
Named after Mercedini's most notable Singles' player before the NSTT hiatus, Court One will also be a place where players can make a name for themselves. Like the name would suggest, Court One will stage the 'best-of-the-rest' matches, as well as acting as the overflow court for matches which would have taken place on Centre Court. While players from the lower ranks might find Centre Court inaccessible without an unfavourable draw, Court One's earlier matches typically feature those with an outside chance of a good run, giving them a taste of the fame that could be bestowed upon them.

Court Two (3,500)
The largest court to be utilised in the qualification rounds, Court 2 is the largest court open to the main public which doesn't require an extra ticket to access. This results in the mini-cauldron being jam-packed with spectators for most of the day, as the general public soak up the sun while taking in some of the best of the day's mid-tier tennis. The 3,500 seats are nothing to be sniffed at, with Court Two generating a great atmosphere for players up and down the NSTT rankings.

Courts 3-5 (1,200)
Venturing further out to the outer courts of the complex, Courts Three to Five have all recently seen investment and improvements to the stands and to the infrastructure, which tripled the capacity and added Hawk-Eye capability to the courts, making for a more bespoke experience for the players on court. Plenty of noise can still be made by the 1,500 or so spectators that can squeeze into these areas, and this will likely be the first port of call for the lower ranked players going through qualification and the opening rounds of the tournament. Newly added cameras mean that TV Coverage will be available for those playing on these courts.

Courts 6-11 (400 + Standing Room)
Making your way through the maze of bodies and confusing routes to the outer courts, you will find Courts Six to Eleven all lined up in a row, now made easier to access thanks to a widening of the path which, before, made it impossible to move through if someone was coming the other way. Former champions have graced these courts on their way to greatness, so players can retrace the steps of former champions in these very intimate areas in front of less than 500 onlookers. Fans will be in the thick of the action, with action happening barely a couple of meters away from them.

Courts 12-16 (150 + Standing Room)
A favourite of the pensioners as one of the most intimate locations on the NSTT circuit, a spot on Courts 12-16 means you have your very own audience, where you can see the faces and smell every packed lunch in the audience when playing here. These courts are seldom used towards the later rounds of the tournament, but they are a favourite of many former champions due to the intimacy and uniqueness of the courts compared with the multi-tiered cathedrals in other locations. Don't be disheartened if you are placed on these courts, it gives players a break from the noise, swapping the loud cheers for golf claps from admiring geriatrics on their day out.


Opening Round Draws & Formatting
Plot Your Path To Greatness


Qualification
Singles
XX Players, YY Advance To The First Round (BO5)


Access List To Be Confirmed


Doubles
XX Duos, YY Advance To The First Round (BO3)


Access List To Be Confirmed
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Single Qualifying Round 1

Aaliyah de Leon (Q) (BRI)          6   6
Juan Gazowany (Q) (DOR) 3 3

Luke Knij (Q) (STR) 4 3
Rafael Russo (Q) (RWH) 6 6

Ellie Hammond (Q) (RWH) 4 3
Raqela Szalwia (Q) (DOR) 6 6

Madeline Jeffries (Q) (HOP) 2 6 6
Lukas Valerio (Q) (BRI) 6 2 4

Chrysanthos Petratos (Q) (ING) 6 7 6
Lucy Poakes (Q) (STR) 7 5 7

Filbert Tomori (Q) (QUE) 2 5
Kim Bong-Cha (Q) (KWP) 6 7

Zoi Frangopoulou (Q) (ING) 7 6
Mehretab Ahmed (Q) (KWP) 6 4


Single Qualifying Round 2

Louis Yeo-Jongilanga (Q) (QUE)     4   4
Aaliyah de Leon (Q) (BRI) 6 6

Tiffany Love (Q) (KWP) 6 6 6
Rafael Russo (Q) (RWH) 0 7 0

Han Song-Oh (Q) (QUE) 3 5
Raqela Szalwia (Q) (DOR) 6 7

Paris Arvanitas (Q) (ING) 6 4 7
Laila Durand (Q) (RWH) 3 6 5

Nicole Obamad (Q) (WBO) 2 7 6
Madeline Jeffries (Q) (HOP) 6 5 3

Lucy Poakes (Q) (STR) 3 3
Ahmed Abdulaziz (Q) (KRB) 6 6

Kim Bong-Cha (Q) (KWP) 6 5 4
Robert Psikuta (Q) (DOR) 3 7 6

Natalie Obamad (Q) (WBO) 6 6
Zoi Frangopoulou (Q) (ING) 2 4
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Postby Electrum » Fri Aug 26, 2022 6:35 am

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Prospect at the Tabeira International

Marcus Hathwar is the talk of the town at Tabeira. The doubles specialist has a lot more attention on him after he won both the singles and doubles tennis gold medals at Prescott. For a guy who is known for his heroics with his Kohnhead partner, it was a pleasant surprise to see him win a singles gold medal but he has a lot to prove if he wants his famous victory to not be seen as a fluke.

The Olympic Games are an entirely different beast of competition compared to the NationStates Tennis Tour. The seeding system is different, athletes from the same countries are kept away from each other, the sheer size of competition, and the separation of the events into different genders, ostensibly to provide more opportunities for athletes to win medals. But those conditions don't entirely explain how Hathwar miraculously won the singles competition.

As a reminder, he defeated Gary Kohler in the round of 64 -- who himself defeated top seed Ralph Newkarn in the previous round -- and then went on to defeat the likes of Andrew Lamar and Dewa Putu Adrian Putra before defeating Sakhalin Nasheridze in the final. At times he outwitted his opponent with his unorthodox shot selection but it was really the home crowd at The Ice Palace (where his matches would normally be held) and the indoor conditions which really suited his playstyle. While being an unorthodox shot selector in the singles with variable weather conditions is often not a good idea (no partner to back you up on the short balls), in indoor matches there is one less variable, allowing him to execute those lobs and slices perfectly.

We started to see him use more and more of his doubles skillset in the singles even though he would traditionally adjust his play style to the one on one nature of singles. This makes his entrance at Tabeira all the more intriguing -- he's entering as the sixth seed and would be a top favourite to win the tournament considering his recent form and the way he makes his opponent misplay.

But there is the potential for things to get awry very quickly. He's now playing on grass where the serves will be coming at him much faster and he'll have the weight of expectation on his shoulders. Everyone remembers his consecutive Grand Slam finals losses last season -- he will need to face those mental demons if he is to become a tour de force in both singles and doubles. If he gets the combination right and makes it deep into the competition he would have a compelling argument for the ELTA to be selected for the upcoming New Oxford Masters. Perhaps Hathwar may one day become the next Heraklit or Toli, highly competitive in both singles and doubles.
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Hakim Kalah-Mustafa (TJU)         1   0
Kim Juty (STR) 6 6

Derby Cuellar (10) (UAD) 7 6
Byron Aucamon (CEN) 5 1

Paris Arvanitas (Q) (ING) 2 4
Kyrsten Fletcher (HOP) 6 6

Jumal Huyluer (HOP) 6 7
Ahmed Abdulaziz (Q) (KRB) 4 5

Eros Markidis (WC) (ING) 3 4
Marisa Maradona (14) (CEN) 6 6

Dora Klemencic (SRE) 6 7
Mohamed lotfy (KRB) 3 6

Shroom Wafa (NTN) 6 6
Tiffany Love (Q) (KWP) 2 1

Sibylla Naess (PUG) 3 7 6
Teagan Cantrell (12) (UAD) 6 5 1

Selina Favreau (ETM) 6 6 7
Lily Lobamas (WBO) 4 7 6

Erik Burawa (HOP) 4 6 6
Maria Radwanska (WC) (DOR) 6 4 2

Manal Atef (KRB) 6 5 7
Natalie Obamad (Q) (WBO) 2 7 5

Duwanisarga Yajamaja (PCU) 7 6
Aaren Seabrooke (16) (UAD) 5 2

Sigrid Vasakärven (PUG) 5 3
Christine Obama (WBO) 7 6

Timaeus Andersson (PUG) 5 6 7
Kush Acharya (9) (BRI) 7 2 6

Robert Psikuta (Q) (DOR) 3 2
Reham Fakharany (KRB) 6 6

Luka Šatoric (SRE) 6 7
Ida Faug (STR) 2 6

Raqela Szalwia (Q) (DOR) 6 6
Helios Norwood (WC) (KWP) 3 0

Carmichael Brown (13) (ETM) 4 2
Cornelis Zapfe (PUG) 6 6

Timothy Williams (WC) (RWH) 3 2
Arabella McCarthy (QUE) 6 6

Aaliyah de Leon (Q) (BRI) 2 2
Kirigundi Padurjili (PCU) 6 6

Austin McDanielson (15) (TJU) 6 6 6
Igor Matkovic (SRE) 7 4 3

Nomin Ionescu (NTN) 4 6 7
Ljubomir Ivankovic (11) (SRE) 6 3 5

Shinji Makauchi (TJU) 6 4 6
Nicole Obamad (Q) (WBO) 4 6 2

Jasmin Wayverson (TJU) 4 4
Bruno Radmar (ACS) 6 6


Double - Qualifying Round

Ahmed Abdulaziz/Mohamed lotfy (Q) (KRB)         6   6
Mehretab Ahmed/Tiffany Love (Q) (KWP) 1 2

Joh Joon-Soo/Kim Kyprios (Q) (QUE) 2 6 12
Admetus Mundas/Anthimos Frangides (Q) (ING) 6 1 10

Michelle Obama/Maya O'Bama (Q) (WBO) 6 6 7
Raqela Szalwia/Kamil Stolczyk (Q) (DOR) 7 3 10
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Postby Dod Rava » Sat Aug 27, 2022 5:16 am

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Goodday and Goodmorning as we welcome everyone to our studio and we start our daily sports overview with tennis as Dod Ravian athletes take part in Tabeira International in the country of Acastanha.

Unfortunately, Maria Rawdańska and Robert Psikuta got eliminated in singles round 56 respectfully against Erik Burawa and Reham Fakharany but there is also good news: a promising young Raqela Szałwia born and raised in Szczylek has made it to the next round by beating Helios Norwood. In addition, both Raqela and Kamil Stolczyk managed to beat a pair consisting of Michelle Obama and Maya O'Bama in the doubles qualifying round. As this is the first tournament of that kind attended by our tennis players, they weren't expected to make it to the next rounds, but as we see, there is hope in young upcoming players like Szałwia or Stolczyk

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Damaris, Iegis/Andiam left off Tabeira International entry list due to rankings error

By Zion Berik
TBC Sport in Tabeira, Acastanha
Due to a glitch in the NSTT computerized ranking system, Noah Damaris and Jac Iegis — both defending points from last year's Three Degrees Open — were left off the entry lists for this year's Tabeira International.

The NSTT refused to confirm what exact glitch led to the error, but the net result was that points from last year's Three Degrees Open were not dropped before the tournament — meaning that Damaris and Iegis (along with partner Botack Andiam) had too many points to participate in this years tournament. TBC reporting has suggested that the error had to do with the time difference between Rushmore and Mandalanusa, but there is not enough evidence to confirm that theory.

Iegis was scheduled to play with Andiam after the latter had indicated his interest in playing doubles after retiring from singles, and Iegis' latest partner Liam Penderyn has more or less retired from the tour life after being drafted to head the new Confederacy of the Afanc Strait's directing committee — essentially, to play politician instead of tennis.

"After traveling all this way to Acastanha, it's disappointing to be told that I'm not able to compete, when I had come here ready to give it my all," said Damaris in an interview with TBC Sport. "I might try to find some forest trails to walk off all my anger, because I'm really not happy here."

But Damaris expressed his admiration for the hosting team. "They've been extremely gracious in setting things up and apologetic for their error," he said. "It's not really their fault; they're just going off what the computers tell them vis-a-vis rankings."

According to an anonymous source within the NSTT, who was granted anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, the NSTT has agreed to postpone the points dropping off until the upcoming Barlinedon Championships in Britonisea, which will allow the players to have a ranking boost for the Tier 1 tournament at New Oxford. But with Damaris and the Iegis/Andiam partnership not listed on the Cenian Tennis Federation entry sheet, that fix will be of cold comfort to the affected participants.

"Well, this changes things," said Iegis. "We might actually petition the NSTT to give Botack a protected ranking in doubles, since he has some points from the older era. But that's if we can convince the Cenian Tennis Federation to list us on their entry sheet for New Oxford. Let's hope."

"But there's nothing to do here besides move in," he continued. "There's not much that I can do here on the ground."
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Single - Round 32

Iris Bergadhga (1) (ACS)          7   7
Kim Juty (STR) 6 5

Derby Cuellar (10) (UAD) 6 7
Kyrsten Fletcher (HOP) 3 6

Jumal Huyluer (HOP) 3 2
Marisa Maradona (14) (CEN) 6 6

Dora Klemencic (SRE) 6 4 4
Rog Ion Tralito (5) (NTN) 4 6 6

Shroom Wafa (NTN) 7 6
Sibylla Naess (PUG) 6 2

Derek Dubrovnik (3) (BRI) 1 6 7
Selina Favreau (ETM) 6 4 6

Hana Kaori (7) (NTN) 6 6 3
Erik Burawa (HOP) 3 7 6

Manal Atef (KRB) 3 6 6
Duwanisarga Yajamaja (PCU) 6 4 3

Marcus Hathwar (6) (ETM) 7 7
Christine Obama (WBO) 5 5

Timaeus Andersson (PUG) 6 3 6
Reham Fakharany (KRB) 4 6 4

Eva Sarvan (4) (ACS) 6 4 6
Luka Šatoric (SRE) 3 6 3

Raqela Szalwia (Q) (DOR) 7 1 3
Cornelis Zapfe (PUG) 6 6 6

Arabella McCarthy (QUE) 4 4
Lacey John (8) (UAD) 6 6

Kirigundi Padurjili (PCU) 6 6
Austin McDanielson (15) (TJU) 3 3

Nomin Ionescu (NTN) 1 6
Shinji Makauchi (TJU) 6 7

Kika Dovan (2) (CEN) 6 3
Bruno Radmar (ACS) 7 6


Double - Round 28

Reham Fakharany/Manal Atef (KRB)                                       7   4  10
Thiseas Gerides/Katina Gerides (WC) (ING) 5 6 7

Raqela Szalwia/Kamil Stolczyk (Q) (DOR) 6 4 4
Shrook Ionescu/Shahenda Ionescu (NTN) 4 6 10

Márcus Gabriel Alencastro/Iohanna Márcia Enderssen-Moura (6) (NTN) 6 4 11
Rachel Archibald/Ellie Hammond (BRI/RWH) 3 6 9

Oscar Lamurdela/Rebecca Vasankar (ACS) 4 3
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwo'ole (8) (TJU) 6 6

Ljubomir Ivankovic/Lucija Bagaric (SRE) 5 6 10
Ahmed Abdulaziz/Mohamed lotfy (Q) (KRB) 7 4 3

Mathias Norgaard/Mathilde Norgaard (WC) (KWP) 3 1
Kim Juty/Lucy Poakes (STR) 6 6

Marek Mostowiak/Juan Gazowany (WC) (DOR) 4 6
Igor Matkovic/Luka Šatoric (SRE) 6 7

Emily Barock/Amy H. Bama (WBO) 5 6 10
Kayla McKerrin/Vladimir Boiyskovsky (5) (TJU) 7 2 12

Kim Chester/Vivian Walsh (UAD) 0 5
Filbert Tomori/Arabella McCarthy (WC) (QUE) 6 7

Joh Joon-Soo/Kim Kyprios (Q) (QUE) 6 2 10
Nathan Bensaïd/Rafael Russo (BRI/RWH) 4 6 7

Kyrsten Fletcher/Jumal Huyluer (HOP) 4 2
Duwanisarga Yajamaja/Kirigundi Padurjili (7) (PCU) 6 6

André Bapako/Isis Dimpal (ACS) 6 6
Ida Faug/Luke Knij (STR) 7 7
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Postby Natanians and Nosts » Sat Aug 27, 2022 10:26 pm

Hana Kaori, woke up on the break day of this years' Tabeira International, following her elimination the previous day.
After not taking part in the clay season, studying and competing domestically, and competing at the Olympics eing proud of her results, this was her last tournament before going back to classes, her elimination coincinding just right before the end of vacations, and she does not even know if she will go to the Grand Slam. The last of the year. Mercedini is a special place for her, it was where she debuted after all, abeit it was not yet a grand slam at the time. Two years ago. Before going to college. Before playing at the Olympics. Before dreaming of realistically winning something. And yet she lost, at her first match, while seventh seed. Seeded. She was seeded, a happiness that for many might seem fool(-ish), or incomprehensible, but she was seeded at a recognized international tournament. The girl, or rather, young woman, was happy she did not have homework. She was also unsure of when she could play again, besides anything that might happen at her campus.
She started checking on her luggage, if she had not forgotten anuything, already ready for check-out, even if her flight was hours later and she still needed to change clothes and brush her teeth, but she was already lready to leave. Ready to go home. Home, where her family would greet her with a smile, and welcome her with open arms, ready for a friendly and gentle hug.
"I need to have breakfast." She thought. "It is past ten o'clock and I have barely got off my bed. It surely does look like vacations!" The girl rejoiced internally.
She checked on her cell-phone, answered her mum's message, then left the room towards the hotel's cafeteria, funny word she thought to herself. The English meaning does not really correspond to the Portuguese one. Nor the Spanish one for that matter. Arriving there, she ordered a cup of some powdered chocolate-based milk beverage, whose flavour reminded her of Nost-cau, one of her friends once gave her a can of it, it was not bad tasting, but ot as good as her favourite. To accompany her beverage, she had some toast and one bread with butter. She returned to her room after finishing her breakfast.
She went to a court to play some tennis with Nomin Ionescu and bother help Shroom Wafa. Noon the three young Natanians and Nost players went to a restaurant to have lunch, with a member of Natanians and Nosts' delegation who would give the latest details about her and Nomin Ionescu's flight. After lunch, the four went to the hotel, nad Hana Kaori wwent back to her room before a reunion with her coach. After said reunion and an extra revision of the previous day's match, with insight from both her coach and an statistician, she went back to her room.
Fifteen hours. She went to an aerated place. There she met Rog Ion Tralito, with whom she talked for a good amount of minutes, absorbing his experience and knowledge about tennis and life. Although seen as an old man, he is not as old as she perceives him. She wnt back to her room and called her family. Ionescu was alone by herself, Tralito had to train, Wafa was concentrating and nearing causing her coach a breakdown. Alencastro, Ionescu, Enderssen-Moura and Ionescu were all training, for they would face each other, and the winner would be the sole double representing the Nation this tournament.
Hana Kaori left the hotel at 5:00 P.M., in the same taxi as Nomin Ionescu. The way to the airport was quiet. Two faces looking at the sky at different sides of the car. When the two arrived at the aiport, it seemed like a weight had been lifted from both's backs, and the girls spent the travel to Arrachai talking about life, both the important and the unimportant stuff, with some fooleres being the subject at times. From Arrachai they diminished their rhythms, for they had a very long way until home.






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Hathwar shows a touch of class

Marcus Hathwar held his nerve today in a tough match over Christine Obama, eventually prevailing 7-5, 7-5. It was a match that could have gone either way but it was Hathwar's calm demeanour during the key points which allowed him to take both sets.

The match was unusual for having a lot of long rallies, considering the surface, as Obama fought valiantly for every single point. She deftly tried to push Hathwar out of his comfort zone by hitting forehand after forehand, trying to neutralise Hathwar's all-court playstyle by pinning him to the service line. It almost worked too, if it weren't for Obama's poor service games. Her first serve percentage was down which allowed Hathwar to claw back those valuable points in her service games, not allowing her to capitalise on several breaks of his serve. This was especially true in the first set and later in the second set.

Meanwhile, while Hathwar tended to lose the longer rallies, he tried to keep cool and kept his points short by trying to push up into the court and not allowing Obama to pin him to the service line. Every opportunity to do an approach shot or a smash Hathwar took with gusto. And, it was at the ends of both sets where he sensed the pressure on Obama and stepped up. In both sets, Hathwar just narrowly took the lead with six games to five after very long service games and deuces. When it came to Obama needing to hold serve, Hathwar started to switch his playstyle and went for Obama's weaker backhand. In doing so he showed his doubles tennis brain and he got those precious errors and short balls to take advantage of.

Up next Hathwar faces journeyman Timaeus Andersson in what shapes to be his best singles performance since his debut, outside of the Olympics. Perhaps this tournament may be the turning point of Hathwar's career.
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Postby Dod Rava » Mon Aug 29, 2022 7:38 am

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End of our story at Tabeira International

As another stage of Tabeira International has ended, all Dod Ravian players were eliminated. In the singles round of 32, it was young Raqela Szałwia. She lost to Cornelis Zapfe at the beginning. The game was very close between those two, but ultimately she was outclassed by Cornelis Zapfe. Szałwia felt this failure very much and refused any interviews with the media. Please keep in mind that it was her first major tournament. Our entire editorial office wishes her every success and good luck on the upcoming New Oxford Masters.

Both doubles matches have been lost. The mixed pair of Raqela Szałwia and Kamil Stolczyk lost to Shrook Ionescu and Shahenda Ionescu. Many say that Szałwia's loss in singles may have contributed to the loss.
Kamil Stolczyk said: "I'm very disappointed in myself. I don't blame Szałwia. She played a very good match. We just didn't match our opponents this time. Personally, I think that our stay in Tabeira gave us a lot of much needed experience and I see a bright future for tennis in Dod Rava."

Marek Mostowiak and Juan Gazowany weren't able to beat Igor Matkovic and Luka Šatoric and lost in two sets 4-6 and 6-7 to the opposing players. Young and inexperienced Mostowiak and Gazowany have a lot to learn and people saw that on the court today one of many issues was communication between those two. After the match, both of them separated, refusing interviews. It is said that Mostowiak left the Tabeirakan Tennis Club and went to experience the natural beauty of Tabeira, probably in order to let off some steam after the defeat. Gazowany left immediately for his hotel room.

Let's hope that out players can do even better during the upcoming New Oxford Masters.
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Cenian grass court season gets off to rocky start with two singles losses in Acastanha

By Zion Berik
TBC Sport in Tabeira, Acastanha
With Byron Aucamon's loss in the first round and Kika Dovan's surprising loss in the second round, Ceni is left to only one representative in the Tabeira International singles draw.

Aucamon lost 5-7, 1-6 to United Adaikes' Derby Cuellar, while Dovan lost in straight sets as well, 6-7, 3-6 to home hope Bruno Radmar.

The two losses only leave one Cenian player remaining in the singles draw, 14th seed Marisa Maradona, who plays 5th seed Rog Ion Tralito of Natanians and Nosts. Maradona had defeated Hopalian hopeful Jumal Huyluer in the second round, prevailing in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

On paper, Tralito would be favored against Maradona due to the higher seeding, but Maradona is a former Grand Slam champion — at the AOpen on grass, no less — while Tralito is a veteran journeyman with no titles on the NSTT circuit. Then again, Tralito has certainly gotten much more match play experience, with the regular Cenian Tier 1 spots going to players higher up in the rankings.

And the grass will be an equalizer for everyone as the least common surface on multiversal tennis courts, with most players having gotten their training on hard or clay courts.

In the doubles, Ceni's only pair — Dioro Hansil and Jana Arkinn — will also be in action today as the first seeds, playing against Reham Fakharany and Manal Atef from Krbustan. Hansil is a declared grass court specialist, which perhaps led to the seeding calculation in his favor. But Hansil has never played with Arkinn before and as Dovan's loss yesterday showed, having a high seeding in a small tournament like this one is no guarantee of success.

And after a particularly poor showing during the second half of the clay season, Cenian players certainly could use some success at the moment.
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Single - Round 16

Iris Bergadhga (1) (ACS)       6   7
Derby Cuellar (10) (UAD) 3 6

Marisa Maradona (14) (CEN) 6 4 1
Rog Ion Tralito (5) (NTN) 4 6 6

Shroom Wafa (NTN) 3 4
Derek Dubrovnik (3) (BRI) 6 6

Erik Burawa (HOP) 6 6
Manal Atef (KRB) 4 4

Marcus Hathwar (6) (ETM) 2 6 6
Timaeus Andersson (PUG) 6 4 3

Eva Sarvan (4) (ACS) 6 4 6
Cornelis Zapfe (PUG) 4 6 1

Lacey John (8) (UAD) 6 2 4
Kirigundi Padurjili (PCU) 2 6 6

Shinji Makauchi (TJU) 6 3 6
Bruno Radmar (ACS) 0 6 4


Double - Round 16

Dioro Hansil/Jana Arkinn (1) (CEN)                                     6   7
Reham Fakharany/Manal Atef (KRB) 1 6

Shrook Ionescu/Shahenda Ionescu (NTN) 7 5 10
Márcus Gabriel Alencastro/Iohanna Márcia Enderssen-Moura (6) (NTN) 6 7 6

Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwo'ole (8) (TJU) 7 6
Ljubomir Ivankovic/Lucija Bagaric (SRE) 5 2

Kim Juty/Lucy Poakes (STR) 5 6 3
Bryson Dingley/Nissa Tran (3) (ETM) 7 1 10

Teagan Cantrell/Derby Cuellar (4) (UAD) 7 6
Igor Matkovic/Luka Šatoric (SRE) 5 3

Kayla McKerrin/Vladimir Boiyskovsky (5) (TJU) 4 5
Filbert Tomori/Arabella McCarthy (WC) (QUE) 6 7

Joh Joon-Soo/Kim Kyprios (Q) (QUE) 1 6 10
Duwanisarga Yajamaja/Kirigundi Padurjili (7) (PCU) 6 4 8

Ida Faug/Luke Knij (STR) 3 5
Sibylla Naess/Timaeus Andersson (2) (PUG) 6 7
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Postby Natanians and Nosts » Mon Aug 29, 2022 11:33 pm

Shroom Wafa lost to Derek Dubrovnik and is out of Tabeira International.The match lasted for two sets,won with quite ease by Derek Dubrovnik.Shroom Wafa had a glimpse of hope on the second set,winning a sequence of games with ferocious determination,but ultimately unable to take the set.
Rog Ion Tralito eliminated Marisa Maradona,from Ceni.With two even sets,the first favouring Maradona,the second,Tralito;although both were 6-4,each one's history was different.The last set was taken by Rog Ion Tralito,although having an early dominance,taking the first three games,the later set was marked by a harsh dispute by both experienced players,with the resulting 6-1 not being a sincere representation of the set's content.
Rog Ion Tralito advances to the quarterfinals and will face Iris Bergadhga,who is 1st seed and is playing at home.
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Grass season finally arrives
By: Mateo Dilly

Grass season came late this year, due to that olympian thing many are concerned with. The Union has of course boycotted these kinds of games since time immemorial due to outright refusal from olympian governing bodies to incorporate such essential disciplines as Mermaiding and Winter Tennis. It’s just not right.

But some people are keen on that whole scene, and that’s of course fine. To each their own. The downside is said delay in getting on with the grass action. And we know that’s been tough on a lot of people. Because grass season is our summer thing. As a Union sports fan, it’s really the only thing to look forward to during the summer months. Football’s out, because both League 1, 2 and lower tiers are on their break, and they don’t start up until late August. Right about now, that is. Which is great, sure, but like, where were you a month ago when we needed you? The domestic tennis season also breaks during July and early August, so not much there either. No, it’s always been the NSTT Grass. Sooo great then, that it’s finally here.

Kicking off down in Mandalanusa and Acastanha, the Tabeira International is a circuit newcomer in the second tier and the opening days have been packed with Union players doing their best to achieve glory. And they have given us a promising start; something to look forward to in upcoming Tier 2 events. Because it hasn’t been all roses and strawberries for the Union in the T2’s of late. Naess, Andersson, Dal, Zapfe and Vasakärven; all clearly talented tennis players, but none of them have yet to show any sign of that certain something needed to break through and rise above the masses. Like your Georg Heraklit, Foger Rederer or Michael Loy, just to name a few.

There’s a difference in quality between T1’s and T2’s. That’s just a fact, and you see it in everything from number of errors committed to the level of unpredictability in outcomes. This is where those not yet quite at their height (or those on their inevitable way down) do battle. So it’s disconcerting that the «new generation» of Union players so consistently have failed to make their mark; if they can’t rise and excel here, how will they ever compete seriously on the highest tiers?

Something felt different this time around though, because we’ve gotten to see some great tennis being played, and some real progress achieved, by our young players.

The opening round of 56 did result in a disappointing early exit from Sigrid Vasakärven - who has been a competitive grass player on the domestic circuit the last years - to Christine Obama (WBO), but it also produced three impressive setups when both Sibylla Naess, Cornelis Zapfe and Timaeus Andersson bested seeded players. Zapfe’s showing was perhaps the most impressive, winning against 13th seed Carmichael Brown (ETM) in two straight sets. Naess and Andersson looked less domineering in their outings, but pulling together and winning deciding sets against 12th seed Teagan Cantrell (UAD) and 9th seed Kush Acharya (BRI) are still grand feats.

While Naess - who’s notoriously uncomfortable on the grass surface - fell against Shroom Wafa (NTN) in the Round of 32, both Andersson and Zapfe continued playing convincingly and managed to pull through. It’s been a while since we had a Union player in a T2Ro16 - I believe we need to go all the way back to last season’s indoor hardcourt - and now we had two. It was two well-played bouts, dragging on to a third decider in both, but in the end 4th seed and home-player Eva Sarvan (ACS) and 6th seed and prominent olympian Marcus Hathawar (ETM) proved too difficult.

Still, this is the best we’ve seen produced by these young Union players in a long time, and for the first time in season 8 there’s actually good reason to look forward to, and expect some, great things from our T2-quartet.

And, don’t forget: the Union may be out of the singles part of the Tabeira, but Sibylla Naess and Timaeus Andersson won their first game in the doubles competition yesterday, and continue fighting today against Joh Joon-Soo and Kim Kyprios of Quebec and Shingoryeo.

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Single - Quarterfinal

Iris Bergadhga (1) (ACS)      7   3   6
Rog Ion Tralito (5) (NTN) 5 6 3

Derek Dubrovnik (3) (BRI) 3 6
Erik Burawa (HOP) 6 7

Marcus Hathwar (6) (ETM) 6 7
Eva Sarvan (4) (ACS) 2 5

Kirigundi Padurjili (PCU) 6 5 2
Shinji Makauchi (TJU) 4 7 6


Double - Quarterfinal

Dioro Hansil/Jana Arkinn (1) (CEN)              6   6
Shrook Ionescu/Shahenda Ionescu (NTN) 4 1

Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwo'ole (8) (TJU) 3 6 10
Bryson Dingley/Nissa Tran (3) (ETM) 6 3 8

Teagan Cantrell/Derby Cuellar (4) (UAD) 6 6
Filbert Tomori/Arabella McCarthy (WC) (QUE) 1 4

Joh Joon-Soo/Kim Kyprios (Q) (QUE) 2 4
Sibylla Naess/Timaeus Andersson (2) (PUG) 6 6
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Postby Hopal » Tue Aug 30, 2022 12:14 pm

The Hopal Herald Sports

Feature: Erik Burawa

Under the searing heat and glaring sun of the lush tropical forest in and around the inland Acastanhada city of Tabiera competes Hopal's newest sports star, Erik Burawa. The 28 year old emerging phenom has captured the hearts and minds of Hopalians the nation over during the course of his electrifying run in the Tabeira International. Now reaching the semifinals, Burawa is within shouting distance of a real (if not very likely) chance of winning the whole tournament. If he does so he will become the first Hopalian to win an international tournament, ever. So you might ask, for someone who wasn't on anyone's radar coming into this, how did he (and we) get to this point?

At the start of this tournament almost no one in Hopal was paying attention to what was happening in Acastanha. Tennis has always been seen as a very exclusive sport in Hopal, the only major tennis facility in Hopal is the Port Hope Tennis Club, a club that used to be really only for the rich and powerful. Indeed most of Hopal's top tennis players; Kyrsten Fletcher, Lily Adams, Lydia Turnowski, etc. They all come from the Port Hope Tennis Club and relatively wealthy backgrounds, and tennis is still a sport that exudes wealth. The notable exception in this seems to be the large number of Indigenous Hopalian tennis players, which we will get to in a bit. So with tennis being such an exclusive sport in Hopal, and with the lack of much international success or much in the way of funding for tennis programs in Hopal, no one in Hopal really cared about this tournament or expected a Hopalian to do much at it, at the outset of this year's Tabeira International. So, again, we ask how did we get to this point where a Hopalian in the semifinal?

Well the three other Hopalians registered in this tournament didn't do very well for themselves, all falling in their second matches. Madeline Jeffries, the exciting dynamic youngster in Hopalian tennis fell in the second of two qualifying rounds to Nicole Obamad of West Barack and East Obama in an exciting three set matchup, where in the end Jeffries just ran of fuel and couldn't hold on losing the third set 6-3 in the end. She had after all just earlier defeated Lukas Valerio of Britonsea in another high-flying three set match. The second Hopalian, Kyrsten Fletcher, an aging star of Hopalian tennis quite easily defeated Paris Arvanitas of Ingont, but fell in the Round of 32 against the number 10 seed Derby Cuellar of United Adaikes, putting up quite the fight, but eventually falling on the last rally, losing the second set 7-6. The third Hopalian, Jumal Huyluer made it through the Round of 56, defeating Ahmed Abdulaziz of Krbustan, but couldn't hold his own against the 14 seed Marisa Maradona of Ceni in the Round of 32. So those were the other Hopalians, but what about the feature of this article, Erik Burawa?

Well, Burawa's tournament started off with a close call against Maria Radwanska of Dod Rava. Burawa was shaken in the first set as Radwanska deftly edged him 6-4, but in the intermission between the first and second sets he was able to regroup and beat back Radwanska in the second set, building on that momentum in the third set cruising to victory. But, Burawa wasn't allowed much breathing room and it was another close call the next day against the number 7 seed Hana Kaori of Natanians and Nosts, and Burawa looked as if he was going to follow in the tradition of the other Hopalians, losing their second matches. It was a very close second set with neither side wanting to give an inch, with short and sweet games with the two sides going back and forth. These were two very talented tennis players both giving it their all on this international level, but in the end Burawa edged out the second set 7-6. In the third set, Burawa seemed to be the one with more stamina and it showed, Burawa held up strong and won the third set 6-3. Going into the Round of 16, Burawa was calm, cool, and collected, and didn't let anything faze him over the course of the match, easily beating Manal Atef of Krbustan in two set, 6-4 each. Finally in his latest match against Derek Dubrovnik of Britonsea, the number 3 seed, he was once more calm and collected, remaining unfazed by anything during the match. His all-over-the-place style of play seemed to surprise Dubrovnik in the first set, and Burawa sailed to a 6-3 victory. But in the second set Dubrovnik seemed to start figuring Burawa out, and while Burawa took an early lead in the set, Dubrovnik started to fight back as the set went on and soon both sides were stuck in a long, drawn own tiebreaker for the final game of the set. It was where eventually on a long-shot opportunity Burawa with his strident powerful shot was able to best Dubrovnik to finally go away with the second set. But now in the semifinal he'll face his greatest challenge yet in the number 1 seed Iris Bergadhga of the host nation Acastanha.

But you might be wondering, how does he do this? We caught up to Erik Burawa in Acastanha and he told us that support from his family counted for more than anything. He calls his grandmother Olly Kuwazinki before every match and he says talking to her really calms his nerves. This, he says, is how regrouped during the first and second sets of his first two matches in the Round of 56 and Round of 32, after he had lost those first sets. We spoke to Kuwazinki and she told us that Erik has always been grounded in his family and community. Coming from the Jurat Indigenous Community of Hopal, Burawa lost his parents at the age of 9 to a car crash, he tells us that it was his large extended family and community, especially his grandmother who helped him get out of that dark, dark time in his life. He threw himself into his community, working in his community, threw himself into his faith, and threw himself into playing a Jurat game that's very similar to tennis with wider racks, and multiple leather balls in the game. Actually it's because of these kinds of Indigenous games which is why there are so many Indigenous tennis players in Hopal. In fact, a good friend of Erik's, the aforementioned Jumal Huyluer, who was eliminated in the Round of 32 comes from a neighbouring Indigenous community and played a very similar game as a kid.

In his community, where Erik is a major figure, there are large watch parties for all of his games, where pretty much the whole community shows up including his large array of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Indeed as his run continues, more and more watch parties across the nation are popping up and watching him play, as he emerges as Hopalian sports' success story of the year. There are some who say and hope that Burawa's run will inspire more Hopalians to pick up the game of tennis and encourage the government to fund a National Tennis Program, and tennis more generally. But in many ways an Indigenous person playing in a country club in a faraway land is still emblematic of the sport at large in Hopal, and many see Erik Burawa's run at the Tabeira International as a symbol of the exclusivity of tennis in Hopal.
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Single - Semifinal

Iris Bergadhga (1) (ACS)     6   4   6
Erik Burawa (HOP) 1 6 1

Marcus Hathwar (6) (ETM) 0 7 6
Shinji Makauchi (TJU) 6 5 3

Double - Semifinal

Dioro Hansil/Jana Arkinn (1) (CEN)              7   4   7
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwo'ole (8) (TJU) 6 6 10

Teagan Cantrell/Derby Cuellar (4) (UAD) 4 7 6
Sibylla Naess/Timaeus Andersson (2) (PUG) 6 6 10
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Postby Gnejs » Wed Aug 31, 2022 11:01 pm

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Sports fans slacking off from work due to advent of Grass season becoming major societal problem

Øyvind Mailand, Engagement Manager at FCG

We all love tennis. But that’s no reason to tear asunder the very fabric of society. Because that’s what you’re goddamned doing with your slacking off during business hours to follow some obscure low-tier tournament on the other side of the world while you really should be working. It’s everywhere. Busses not on time, hairdressers standing up their customers, absent fucking baristas. This is the sort of things that make society’s glue stringy and edging towards complete dissolution.

Look, I know it’s been a while, yeah? I understand. I’m actually somewhat of a tennis fan myself, and often tune in for the Grand Slam finals or that end of the year thing. Tennis is great. O.N Y.O.U.R O.W.N T.I.M.E. Not on my time, not on society’s time. Because that’s the time you’re stealing when you neglect to compile that report on time, watching games between some Shroom or Shinji or Obama (yes, these are all actual names!) on your phone instead. That’s right, you’re a time thief and I won’t have it anymore.

So what, you didn’t get your coffee on time because the girl making it was taking a break to watch Sibylla Naess lose again, big deal? Oh, you had to wait a bit longer for your tram because the driver was preoccupied with writing a recap for his blog about the Ro32-game between two people who’s names he can’t pronounce, who cares? I see you sniggering in the corner, with that happy-go-lucky brand of contemporary nihilism. Granted, maybe in isolation none of these things are that grave, but when things keep on piling, we descend into a filthy black hole of anarchy and a societal debauchery.

My wife had a horrific experience only yesterday. I’m not going to go into specifics, but she works as a financial controller for the city. To do her job, she is dependent on other people and departments actually doing their job, supplying her with the information she needs to compile a whole. Yesterday one of the charlatans down in Analysis blatantly disregarded his deadline - «doubles quarterfinals», he said smiling, when he finally delivered his contribution a full two hours late - and his failure to deliver the relevant numbers on the agreed upon time completely fucked the entire budgetary schedule for the entire city, or at least my wife’s schedule for yesterday.

And tomorrow, we’ve got two players competing in the finals down there. I will not be surprised if a majority of society just shuts down. You just know it’ll be impossible to get any food down in the cafeteria. So I guess I’ll be bringing my own lunch tomorrow. This is how civilization start to crumble.

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Single - Final
Iris Bergadhga (1) (ACS)     4   4
Marcus Hathwar (6) (ETM) 6 6

Double - Final
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwo'ole (8) (TJU)     7   0   5
Sibylla Naess/Timaeus Andersson (2) (PUG) 5 6 10
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Postby Gnejs » Sat Sep 03, 2022 11:05 am

Part one
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Dorotea Granit and the perils of the Multiverseses - Part three.

On the eve of the Grand Slam final in Beçonailles

GTF Head Tangeus Falk and GTF Councilor Amadeus Berns stood in the lobby of the players’ hotel in downtown Beçonailles. Berns was fidgeting with his watch and paced nervously back and forth, whereas Falk remained still, admiring the mosaic tiles patterned over the front doors. “Where is he, Tangeus?” Berns said and looked at his watch once again. “We’ve been waiting for over 15 minutes, and time is literally of the essence.” Falk turned around and smiled to the old man. “He will be here shortly, I am sure of it. There are preparations needed, and they take time.” Berns pulled out a small hip-flask and took a large swig. “Time!” he shouted, “We don’t have time!” He offered Falk the flask, who politely declined.

Another ten minutes went by, and then suddenly the grand front doors swung open. A tall man draped in green robes and an antlered hat entered with a dramatic flair to his step. Falk and Berns turned around, and the former man smiled. He approached the antlered man and embraced him. “Zarathustra, old friend. I am glad to see you.” Zarathustra Hansen smiled and hugged his old friend and apprentice back. “Tangeus, good to see you as well.” Falk pointed to Berns and nodded to Zarathustra. “This is Amadeus.” Zarathustra Hansen bowed and smiled.

They started making their way to the elevators and Falk continued, “It was good of you to come, despite everything.” Zarathustra smiled again. “We differ on many of the things, my friend, but there can never be any difference when we are speaking of the very thing itself.” Falk nodded. “Agreed.” They got in the elevator and Berns quickly proceeded to press the button for the top floor. Falk studied Hansen intently. “Preparations went alright?” Zarathustra Hansen nodded. “Yes, everything is in order.” Falk nodded. “Any problems?” Zarathustra laughed. “Well, it is no easy feat, the finding of all the required substances and particulars needed to consecrate the Staff of Oneness. No, easy it is not. Dried cloudberries? Forget it. Luckily I always carry some for emergencies like these.” Berns smiled nervously, whereas Falk nodded with his usual solemn face.

The elevator doors swung open and the three men got off and started walking down the hallway. “1347,” Berns said and pointed towards the end of the hall. The other men nodded and they quickly walked towards the very last door. When they reached the door, Zarathustra unbuttoned his robes and brandished a small polished oak staff, smelling faintly of wild strawberries and kelp. He gripped it firmly in his left hand, and positioned himself in something akin to a battle position. “Tangeus, you kick down the door,” he said and closed his eyes. Falk slowly put up his hands. “We will try to reason first, Zarathustra. Let your staff remain calm for now.” Hansen opened his eyes, gave him a look of surprise and hesitation, but then nodded. Falk moved towards the door and tested the handle, which gave way and slowly swung the door open.

It was a nice room. Spacious. Sparsely but tastefully decorated. Falk was the first one in, followed closely by Zarathustra, staff at the ready. The room was empty. Amadeus Berns slowly entered behind them and looked around. “Where is she?” Falk put his hand up to signal for him to be quiet. He tapped Zarathustra on the shoulder and motioned towards the other side of the large, comfortable looking, bed. “Look,” he said. Zarathustra gripped his staff even tighter and moved closer. On the side of the bed lay vast amounts of red berries, fashioned in a shielded knot, flanked by nine burnt out candles. Amadeus Berns peeked over Zarathustra’s shoulder and gasped in horror, “The Aperture! We are too late!”

Zarathustra hushed at him and slowly moved towards the elaborate berry arrangement, with Falk at his side. The two men bowed down. Falk sniffed in the air and looked at Zarathustra. The man with the antlered hat nodded and picked up a few of the berries. He inspected them closely, smelled them, and finally tasted them. He gave a fistful of them to Falk and smiled widely. Falk quickly started chewing, and then he started smiling as well. “What?!” screamed Amadeus. “Cranberries,” said Zarathustra and relaxed his staff hand. “Cranberries,” repeated Falk, and then the two men embraced and started laughing. Amadeus looked bewildered. “Cranberries?” Falk nodded and got on his feet. “Yes, my old friend. Cranberries.” Amadeus started laughing faintly. “But you need lingonberries.” Zarathustra laughed and lightly waved his staff, “Indeed you do, my most good man. There will be no collapsing of the One Ball into the Many Balls today.”

The three men all started laughing with relief, and as they made their way out of the room, none noticed the tiny specks of glittering dust dancing languidly across the carpet.

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Postby United Adaikes » Sat Sep 03, 2022 8:17 pm

Dale Carman has always been lauded as the best male tennis player in United Adaikes. But that is if we don't remove sex as a descriptor, with Indigo Crawford getting the monicker of "The Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be in Adaikesian Tennis," currently ranked #37 in the world for Singles.

Dale is the only son of Terry Carman, a convicted former statesman alleged to mishandle public funds and set up shadowy private corporations, and Rizza, a former national team medalist in the 100-m backstroke swimming.

Carman is #60 worldwide for Singles, sharing the ranking with Kohnheadian Rodrick Uppatin. But with the performance being shown recently by fellow Adaikesian Kim Chester, ranked #64 for Singles worldwide, it would not be long before Chester overtakes Carman.

Carman's rally in the standings started when Titong Cansino, the UATA coach managing the 6 Adaikesians below Carman and Crawford, decided that Chester and Vivian Walsh start playing in Tier I Clay court tournaments, with Aaren Seabrooke and Lacey John being demoted to play in Tier II tournaments.

But over at doubles, when the top two Adaikesians team up, both 19-year-olds, they give their opponents a run for their money. Their worst record since starting playing in Grass tournaments the previous season was the Round of 64 finish at the Grand Slam Cenian Open. In the last Grand Slam, in Beçonailles, the Grass Gland Slam, they finished as quarterfinalists. Even just when they started playing in the previous season, Carman and Crawford finished as Semi-Finalists in the Indoor River Cities Open. Carman was even invited to play doubles with Crawford in the Diamond Trophy, an invitational of select players who are not playing in the NSTT Finals. Even if they only played in the Group Stage in both the Diamond Trophy and the International Tennis Trophy, they showed they could play with the other outstanding names in tennis and that they will have a great showing in NSTT in the future.

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