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Video Game Company Showdown.

2019.06.23 17:46 ToyFred9907106 Video Game Company Showdown.

Nintendo, Capcom, Sega, and many other video game companies are hosting a battle royale with their respective IPs. All of their IPs will be in teams and to see which one will you. The battle takes place in an enormous coliseum with no rows whatsoever. Every team is 40 ft away from each other and must not be any closer than that. Let's go over the rules:
Now that we've gone over the rules, let's go over the companies and characters, shall we?
Nintendo: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Paper Mario, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong, Kiddy Kong, Chunky Kong, King K. Rool, Link(Ocarina of Time), Zelda(Ocarina of Time), Ganondorf(Ocarina of Time), Tetra(Wind Waker), Samus, Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Bandana Dee, Gooey, Fox, Falco, Krystal, Slippy, Peppy, Katt, Red, Leaf, Hilbert, Nate, Calem, Elio, Pit, Dark Pit, Palutena, Magnus, Phosphora, Ninten, Ness, Lucas, Captain Falcon, Black Shadow, Marth, Alm, Celica, Sigurd, Seliph, Leif, Roy, Eliwood, Lyn, Hector, Eirika, Ephraim, Ike, Robin, Chrom, Lucina, Corrin, Little Mac, Spring Man, Inkling, Isaac, Wario, Olimar, Shulk, Rex, Ayumi Tachibana, Chibi-Robo, Sami, Andy, Sukapon, Saki.
Capcom: Mega Man, Roll, Proto Man, Bass, X, Zero, Axl, Volnutt, Mega Man EXE, Geo, Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Cammy, Sakura, Dan, Alex, Dhalsim, Blanka, Chris, Jill, Leon, Claire, Carlos, Ethan, Jake, Sherry, Ada, Captain Commando, Baby Head, Mack, Ginzu, Jin(Cyberbots), Asura, Yasha, Gene, Amaterasu, Viewtiful Joe, Silvia, Frank West, Chuck Greene, Nick Ramos, Regina, Dylan, Batsu, Akira, Hinata, Kyosuke, Hideo, Kyoko, Phoenix Wright, Demitri Maximoff, Morrigan Aensland, Lillith, Donovan, Haggar, Cody, Guy, Maki, Carlos, Dean, Lucia, Strider Hiryu, Hien, Edward, Ayame, Ryoma, Wang-Tang, Arthur, Tessa, Leo, William, Wayne, Linn, Nilin, Date, Dante, Vergil, Nero, Trish, Lady, Samanosuke.
Bandai Namco: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Toc-Man, Jin Kazama, Xiaoyu, Heihachi, Kazuya, Paul, Eddy, Hwoarang, Lei, Marshal, Miguel, Lee, Lars, Steve, Lili, Nina, Yoshimitsu, Armor King, King, Mitsurugi, Taki, Kilik, Siegfried, Ivy, Sophitia, Xianghua, Talim, Maxi, Seong Mi-Na, Raphael, Cassandra, Patroklos, Zwei, Groh, Setsuka, Yoshimitsu(SC), Natsu, KOS-MOS, Shion, M.O.MO. , Ziggy, Chaos, Jr., Jin, Yuu, Soma, Alisa, Lindow, Ciel, Nana, Valkyrie, Kurino, Cress, Mint, Stahn, Rutee, Leon, Reid, Kyle, Lloyd, Asbel, Kor, Jude, Ludger, Sorey, Velvet, Gilgamesh, Kai, Kite, Black Rose, Haseo, Haken, Kaguya, Reiji, Xiaomu, Kogoro, Mii, Chosen Undead, Bearer of the Curse, Ashen One, Tarosuke, Taizo(Dig-Dug), Klonoa, Guntz.
Sega: Alex Kidd, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Mighty, Ray, Cream, Shadow, Rouge, Silver, Blaze, Eggman, Joe Musashi, Ryo Hazuki, Nights, Segata Sanshiro, Gilius, Tyrus, Sara, Kain, Tarik, Sternblade, Chronos, Akira Yuki, Pai Chan, Kage-Maru, Jacky Bryant, Sarah Bryant, Lion Rafale, Wolf, Kiryu, Majima, Tanamura, Saejima, Akiyama, Shinada, Yagami, Bahn, Tokio, Grace, Picky, Ristar, Hatsune Miku, Zephyr, Vashyron, Leanne, Billy Hatcher, Hiro, Toma, Cyrille, Bowie, Chaz, Chester, Elric, Max, Welkin, Alicia, Isara, Largo, Avan, Cosette, Kurt, Relia, Imca, Gusurg, Claude, Riley, Raz, Kai, Hotsuma, Hibana, Axel, Blaze, Skate, Ulala, AiAi, MeeMee, Ichiro Ogami, Sakura Shinguji, Gemini, Erica, Vyse, Aika, Bayonetta, Jeanne, Rodin, Makoto Yuki, Yu, Ren/Joker.
Konami: Simon, Richter, Trevor, Alucard, Maria, Jonathan, Shanoa, Soma, Julius, Leon, Christopher, Yoko, Sypha, Juste, Cornell, Bill Rizer, Lance Bean, Lucia, Probotector, Sheena, Ray, Brad, Browny, Yagyu, Kaiser, Harakiri, Hungry Beast, Gentleman, All Bombermen, Max Bomber, Pretty Bomber, Goemon, Ebisumaru, Yae, Sasuke, TwinBee, WinBee, GwinBee, Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, Naked Snake, Otacon, Raiden, Bladewolf, Sam, Silent, Venom Snake, Gray Fox, Ocelot, Harry Mason, Cybil Bennett, James, Heather, Henry, Travis, Alex, Murphy, Getsu Fuma, Reiko, Dixie, Benikage.
Square Enix: Hero, Prince of Lorasia, Erdrick, Solo, Madason, Rek, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Irebun, Luceus, Aurora, Warrior of Light, Firion, Luneth, Cecil, Bartz, Terra, Cloud, Squall, Zidane, Tidus, Shantotto, Vaan, Lightning, Serah, Noel, Y'shtola, Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, Gladiolus, Cor, Sora, Riku, Kairi, Roxas, Ventus, Aqua, Terra, Lara Croft, Gex, Olberic, Alfyn, Ophilia, Tressa, H'aanit, Therion, Cyrus, Primrose, Agnes, Tiz, 2B, 9S, Crono, Randi, Primm, Angela Duran, Hawkeye, Sumo, Fuji, Rico, Adam Jensen, JC Denton, Alex Denton, Ben Saxon, Aya, Fayt Leingod, Roddick Farrence, Edge Maverick, Claude C. Kenny, Rose/Zero, Silmeria, Lenneth, Hrist.
SNK: Kyo, Iori, K', Kula, Joe, Andy, Terry, Rock, Benimaru, Robert, Ryo, Kim, Blue Mary, Shingo, King, Mai, Daimon, Kasumi(SNK), Vanessa, Seth, Ralf, Clark, Leona, Athena, Bao, Marco, Fiolina, Eri, Heidern, Trevor, Haohmaru, Genjuro, Nakoruru, Jubei, Galford, Hanzo(SNK), Kyoshiro, Charlotte, Yoshitora, Ukyo, Shiki, Tam Tam, Cham Cham, Rimururu, Kazuki, Rera, Earthquake, Sogetsu, Yashamaru, Yuki, Ai, Kisarah, Kaede, Moriya, Akari, Hanzo(World Heroes), Fuuma, Cyber Woo, King Lion, Rugal, Geese.
Koei Tecmo: Hayabusa, Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate, Brad, Christie, Honoka, Helena, Rig, Tina, Zack, Marie Rose, Diego, Reisalin, Rorolina, Totooria, Sophie, Merurulince, Firis, Escha, Logix, Elfir, Edge(Atelier), Razeluxe, Felt, Shallistera, Klein, Zhao Yun, Jiang Wei, Xingcai, Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei, Xu Zhu, Zhou Lu Xun, Taishi Ci, Yuri, Miku, Miu, Mio, Mayu, Rei, Ren, Ruka, Choushiro, William(Nioh), Akane, Wakaba, Ruri, Kurumi, Hajime, Yuki, Shun, Ryouma, Laegrinna, Millenia, Arnice, Opoona, Nobunyaga Oda, Horo, Oka, Tokitsugu, Mitsunari.
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2019.01.11 19:28 bekkahthecactus18 10 Years of the Australian Open: 2009-2013

On the eve of the 107th Edition of the Australian Open, I wanted to take some time to go down memory lane. So here we go, Part 1 and 2009-2013.
2009: Rafa’s Hardcourt Dreams Realised: Was it was the epic, high-level 5 hour, 14 minute semi-final between eventual Champion Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, or the tears of Roger Federer during the trophy ceremony that provided the most poignant moment of the championships? Despite these notable moments occurring in the final few days of the tournament, the journey to this point cannot be forgotten. After his heroics of the previous year, 3rd seed Novak Djokovic returned to Melbourne Park as defending champion, but it wasn’t to be his year, retiring in the quarter-final against Andy Roddick, down 2 sets to 1, due to heat exhaustion. Roddick would then have his hopes ended (as usual, sadly for him), by Roger Federer in the next round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had lost the final in the previous year, made a valiant attempt to repeat his success, but was halted by Verdasco in 4 sets, again in the quarterfinal. Bernard Tomic, the defending boy’s champion, won in his main-draw debut, before falling in the 2nd round to Gilles Muller. Juan Martin Del Potro, who would of course have major success later that year, was totally dismantled by Federer in the quarterfinal- but no worry for him, he would eventually get his revenge in the biggest match of his career. Tomas Berdych defeated Stanislas Wawrinka(as he was then known) in the 3rd round- but Stan would exact his revenge years later. This tournament was the first time that Rafael Nadal had finally reached a Major final on hardcourt- and after his epic semi-final match, many believed Federer to be the favourite. 5 hours on court 2 days before a major final- surely, it couldn’t be anything but detrimental? But when you’re 22 with a heart of a lion, you can defy logic. You can go for another 4 hours and 23 minutes, 5 more sets, and hand the then 3-time champion his third devastating Slam final loss in 8 months, who was on the hunt for a record-equalling 14th Grand Slam Title. His first and only Australian Open title to date, Rafael Nadal showed the world that he wasn’t just a natural surfaces specialist- he could win majors on all 3 surfaces. On the women’s side, defending champion Maria Sharapova failed to defend her title- withdrawing before the first ball was struck with a shoulder injury. However, her compatriots ensured that Russia would be a prominent force in the tournament- and with 3 Russians in the final 4 for the first time, Russian tennis was guaranteed a finalist for the third year running. It could have been a Russian clean sweep in the semi-finals, had Svetlana Kuznetsova capitalised on a set and 5-3 lead against Serena Williams, but it wasn’t to be. No worries for her though, she would taste Grand Slam success for a second time just a few months later. Elena Dementieva was no match for Serena in the semi-finals, and neither was Dinara Safina in the final, who had battled past Vera Zvonareva in her semi-final. The final didn’t even last an hour- Serena had won her 10th Slam singles title, her 4th in Melbourne, and returned to world no.1 a few days later. Her sister, Venus Williams beat future champion Angelique Kerber in the first round, before having a surprise loss to eventual quarterfinalist, the unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro. Another future champion, Victoria Azarenka, fell to Serena in the 4th round, but not before defeating future Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova and former champion Amelie Mauresmo on the way. Serena and Venus took the women’s doubles title against Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama, and the Bryan Twins took home the men’s doubles title.
2010: Roger Makes it 4: The men’s tournament didn’t even make it 2 days without a major surprise upset. French Open finalist Robin Soderling lost in the first round against Marcel Granollers, despite having a 2 sets to 0 advantage. Former quarterfinalist James Blake unknowingly competed in his final Australian Open, losing to the newest member of the slam-winning club, Juan Martin Del Potro. His efforts ended with a 10-8 loss in the final set. DelPo would lose to an future finalist and fellow US Open Champion, Marin Cilic in 5 close sets in the 4th round. Cilic’s path to the SF included future champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the 3rd round, wildcard Bernard Tomic in 5 sets, and the “Magician” Fabrice Santoro, in the first round, who played his final slam match. He squeaked past Andy Roddick in the QF, having to weather the Roddick storm, who had battled back from 2 sets to 0 down. He won the first set against perpetual finalist Andy Murray, who himself had an impressive run, including a win by retirement over defending champion Rafael Nadal, who’s knees had forced him to call it quits. Murray also recorded wins over future marathon men, qualifier Kevin Anderson in the first round, and 33rd seed John Isner in the 4th round. The other semi-final was contested between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The former had a rocky start to the championships, losing the first set in the first round to Igor Andreev but recovered to win in 4. He also beat home favourite Lleyton Hewitt in the 4th round, and had to battle past Nikolay Davydenko in the QF. Tsonga, however, didn’t have the easiest time, requiring 9-7 in the final set to defeat Nicolas Almagro in the 4th round, despite being 2 sets to 0 up, but he exacted sweet revenge on the man who had crushed his dreams in the 2008 final, 3rd seed Novak Djokovic, winning in 5 sets to set up a SF meeting with Federer. He wasn’t to reach another slam final, however, and fell in straight sets to the 15 time slam champion. (It appears that in the 3rd Round, Novak Djokovic took his anti-Istomins and crushed the Uzbek in straight sets. Denis Istomin would one day exact his revenge…). For Andy Murray, the final was a sign of things to come. Defeat in straight sets meant that Federer took his 16th Slam title and 4th in Australia. In the ladies’ tournament, Serena Williams defended her title, beating the unranked Justine Henin in the final in 3 sets. China saw 2 women in the semi-finals, future champion Li Na, who was edged out in 2 tiebreak sets by Serena (probably exacting revenge on Venus Williams’ behalf, who had lost to Li Na just the match before), and Zheng Jie, who… didn’t get so close, losing 0 and 1 to Henin. Interestingly enough, Serena’s path to the title included 5 women who were either past or future slam champions. Petra Kvitova in the 2nd round, Samantha Stosur in the 4th round, Victoria Azarenka in the QF, and of course, Li Na and Henin in the SF and F respectively. It was also the first time since 2003 that Maria Sharapova failed to win her opening match at a slam, falling to compatriot Maria Kirilenko in a match that lasted over 3 hours. The Williams Sisters also defended their doubles title, defeating Cara Black/Liezel Huber in the final, and the Bryan Twins also defended.
2011: The Start of Novak’s Dominance: Rafael Nadal was aiming to become the first man since Rod Laver to hold all 4 slam titles at once, but it wasn’t to be, after suffering a straight-sets loss to David Ferrer in the QF. Alexandr Dolgopolov was a surprise QFist, after taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Robin Soderling in the 3rd and 4th rounds respectively, and both in 5 sets, but he lost to defending finalist Andy Murray in 4 sets. Stanislas Wawrinka also made the QF for the second slam in a row, but fell to compatriot Roger Federer in straight sets. Gilles Simon gave Federer much trouble in the 2nd round, forcing a 5th set after being 2 sets to 0 down, but couldn’t complete the upset (Federer let off the hook that time. Wimbledon and US Open wouldn’t be so much fun). Tomas Berdych lost to Novak Djokovic in the QF (revenge for Wimbledon 2010). Djokovic swept aside the defending champion in the SF, and set up a meeting in the final with Murray, who had come back from a set down against Ferrer. Once again, Murray lost in straight sets in the championship match, this time to Novak Djokovic. He would still have belief that he would raise the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup aloft one day- and so did we. In the Ladies’ tournament, defending Champion Serena Williams couldn’t defend either of her 2 titles, withdrawing due to a foot injury. Two women who love a long, complicated match competed in the longest ever women’s slam match in the 4th round, which lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes, ending 16-14 in the 3rd set. Francesca Schiavone got the better of Svetlana Kuznetsova that time, and anyone else would have been utterly spent, but not Schiavone. She proceeded to take a set off the top seed and future champion Caroline Wozniacki in the QF, but fell in 3 sets. Wozniacki lost in the next round to Li Na, who reached the final for the first time- making her the first Asian player to reach a singles slam final. Asia would have to wait only a few more months for a single slam champion, as it was ”Aussie” Kim Clijsters who came back from a set down in the final to win her 4th and Final slam title. The tennis world unknowingly said goodbye to 2 former no.1s: 2004 AO Champion Justine Henin lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 3rd round. She would later announce her second and final retirement later that year due to an elbow injury. 2009 finalist Dinara Safina lost her final slam match to the eventual champion- and didn’t win a single game. A back injury forced her into retirement, with the unfortunate note of being a slamless former world No.1. Vera Zvonareva found herself in the SF once again, but couldn’t take a set off of Clijsters. As the Williams sisters couldn’t defend their doubles title, it was Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta who won the title, defeating Victoria Azarenka/Maria Kirilenko in the final. In the Men’s doubles, it was the Bryan Twins who made it 3 in a row- the all Indian pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes were their final victims there.
2012: The Never-Ending Final: Before we get to that final… Kei Nishikori made it to the QF of a major for the first time, before losing to Andy Murray in straight sets. David Ferrer also made another QF, but couldn’t handle the defending Champion, Novak Djokovic, and suffered the same fate. Juan Martin Del Potro enjoyed success to make it to the QF for the first time since 2009, having battled a wrist injury and struggled on his return back to the tour in 2011. Roger Federer sent the gentle giant packing, and advanced to the SF to face his rival, Rafael Nadal, who had in turn battled from a set down against Tomas Berdych. Both semi-finals were greatly anticipated from the time the draw was made, and didn’t disappoint. In the first semi-final, Federer was attempting to defeat Nadal at a major for the first time since the 2007 Wimbledon Final, but it turned out that the first set tiebreak would be all he would win. Nadal advanced to the final in 4 sets, his eye on a second Australian Open title. The second semi-final, a rematch of final from 2011, yielded the same result: Djokovic def. Murray. This time, it went to 5 sets, and Andy was as close as he’d ever been against Djokovic at Melbourne Park. Up 2 sets to 1, recovered from 2-5 down in the final set to have 3 break points at 5-5 to serve for a place in the final, but alas- Djokovic proved too defiant, and broke in the final game to win 7-5 in the 5th. It was becoming clear that only a superhuman effort could dethrone the Serb in Melbourne. Nadal had an extra day’s rest for the final, and with Djokovic's 4 hour 50 minute semi-final just 2 days prior, he appeared to have a good chance at removing some of the scar tissue from the previous 2 slam finals that he’d appeared in- both which were a loss to Djokovic. What followed on that Sunday evening in Melbourne turned into a war of attrition. Neither men could stand during the trophy ceremony, and after 5 hours and 53 minutes of gruelling and grinding tennis, who could blame them? It was Novak Djokovic, recovering from a break down at 4-2 in the final set to win 7-5, a forehand winner sealing the deal. He collapsed onto the ground, roaring at the camera, hugged Nadal, and then ripped off his shirt, slapping his bare chest. The body that had failed him so many times in the past had carried him to a famous, epic victory. While the Women’s final wasn’t so epic- in fact, it was the polar opposite, with Victoria Azarenka crushing Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-0 to win her first Grand Slam title, and reach world no.1 for the first time. The Belorussian defeated the defending Champion, Kim Clijsters, in her final Australian Open, whilst Sharapova had defeated then-Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova to reach the final. Serena Williams, back in Australia, lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the 4th round. Sloane Stephens also made her Australian Open Main-draw Debut, and would go on to do incredible things the following year. The All-Russian pairing of Svetlana Kuznetsova/Vera Zvonareva beat the defending champions Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta in the 3rd round of the womens doubles, and went on to take the title, beating Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci in the final. The Bryan Twins failed to make it 4 in a row in the Men’s Doubles, with Leander Paes teaming up with Radek Stepanek to get his revenge on the Americans in the final.
2013: Andy falls short again: First things first, yes. Novak Djokovic won again, but he didn’t have it easy. 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka pushed the Serb to the brink in the 4th round- but came up short, 12-10 in the 5th set. Tomas Berdych also took a set from the 2-time defending champion in the QF, but he couldn’t hold on. David Ferrer didn’t stand a chance in the SF, meaning that Novak Djokovic was back in the final for the 3rd year running- a chance to become the first man in the open era to win the AO 3 times in a row. On the other side of the draw, 2nd seeded Roger Federer had a pretty simple first week, as he usually has- expending as little energy as necessary. However, in the QF, that came to an abrupt end as he battled with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for 5 sets, before prevailing. Andy Murray had taken a leaf out of Federer’s book and enjoyed a pretty straightforward run to the SF, including a straight-sets win over Jeremy Chardy in the QF, who had reached that stage of a major for the first time- but Federer and the Brit would go the distance- 4 hours was needed for Murray to reach his 3rd consecutive slam final, defeating Federer for the first and only time at a Slam. The Final began with Djokovic and Murray splitting tie-break sets, but it became clear that Djokovic wasn’t going to let Norman go. An all-too familiar sight was plastered on the back page of British newspapers on Monday morning- Murray with the runner-up plate; Djokovic with the AO trophy. His heroics both at the Olympics the year before and at Flushing Meadows weeks after, however, could never be forgotten. Victoria Azarenka was the defending champion on the women’s side, and successfully defended her title, breaking Chinese hearts in the final, defeating Li Na from a set down. This tournament was also notable for the breakthrough of future slam champion Sloane Stephens, who made an unprecedented run to the semi-finals, including a 6-1, 6-1 victory over unseeded Simona Halep in the First Round, Laura Robson in the 3rd round, and most notably, coming back from a set down against Serena Williams in the QF to set up a clash with Azarenka. Of course, it wasn’t her time just yet, but she proved to the tennis world that she was one to keep an eye on. Though she lost in the final, Li Na took out names such as Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova in straight sets. It would only be a year before the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific would have a singles champion from Asia. The ladies’ doubles was won by the all-Italian pairing of Roberta Vinci//Sara Errani, breaking Aussie hearts and defeating Casey Dellacqua/Ashleigh Barty in the final, whilst the Bryan Twins claimed the men’s doubles title for a 6th time.
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2018.01.19 01:18 PneumaticPtarmigan Number of times each player has reached the 3rd round in Slams in the 2010s [OC]

I figured - it's fairly easy to find out how many times players have been to the semis, finals etc., but the third round is kind of an intermediate stage, they've had a decent tournament at least, and won two games - so which players reach the round of 32 most often?
There have been 33 slams so far in the 2010s (if you include the current one), so that's the maximum amount that could have been achieved. Bold indicates they are playing in the third round of the 2018 Australian Open currently.
 
Men's Singles:
31 - Novak Djokovic
30 - Andy Murray
29 - Roger Federer
26 - David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
25 - Tomáš Berdych, Rafael Nadal
24 - Richard Gasquet
23 - Stanislas Wawrinka
22 - Marin Čilić
21 - John Isner
20 - Feliciano López, Gaël Monfils, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic
19 - Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon
16 - Fernando Verdasco
15 - Juan Martín del Potro
14 - Nicolás Almagro, Roberto Bautista Agut, Philipp Kohlschreiber
13 - Grigor Dimitrov, Fabio Fognini, Viktor Troicki
12 - David Goffin, Sam Querrey, Andreas Seppi, Mikhail Youzhny
11 - Bernard Tomic
10 - Marcos Baghdatis, Julien Benneteau, Jérémy Chardy, Alexander Dolgopolov, Nick Kyrgios, Leonardo Mayer, Tommy Robredo, Dominic Thiem, Janko Tipsarević
9 - Jerzy Janowicz, Ivo Karlović
8 - Denis Istomin, Benoît Paire, Andy Roddick, Jack Sock, Guillermo García-Lopez, Steve Johnson, Jürgen Melzer, Pablo Carreño Busta, Mardy Fish, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas, Lleyton Hewitt, Łukasz Kubot, Andrey Kuznetsov, Nicolas Mahut, Adrian Mannarino, Florian Mayer, Robin Söderling, Sergiy Stakhovsky
5 - Teymuraz Gabashvili, Ivan Ljubičić, Juan Mónaco, Albert Montañés, Gilles Müller, Albert Ramos-Viñolas, João Sousa, Alexander Zverev
4 - Thomaz Bellucci, Damir Džumhur, Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Alejandro Falla, Ernests Gulbis, Lukáš Lacko, Xavier Malisse, Lucas Pouille, Lukáš Rosol, Jiří Veselý
3 - Nikoloz Basilashvili, Simone Bolelli, Juan Ignacio Chela, Borna Ćorić, Pablo Cuevas, Nikolay Davydenko, Thiemo de Bakker, Ivan Dodig, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Santiago Giraldo, Victor Hănescu, Martin Kližan, Michaël Llodra, Lu Yen-hsun, Paul-Henri Mathieu, John Millman, David Nalbandian, Vasek Pospisil, Diego Schwartzman, Dudi Sela, Radek Štěpánek, Mischa Zverev
2 - Pablo Andújar, Benjamin Becker, Aljaž Bedene, Ruben Bemelmans, Ričardas Berankis, James Blake, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Dustin Brown, Chung Hyeon, Arnaud Clément, Steve Darcis, Jared Donaldson, Evgeny Donskoy, Fernando González, Sam Groth, Robin Haase, Ryan Harrison, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Malek Jaziri, Blaž Kavčič, Karen Khachanov, Paolo Lorenzi, Stéphane Robert, Andrey Rublev, Dmitry Tursunov, Grega Žemlja
1 - Radu Albot, Brian Baker, Karol Beck, Michael Berrer, Daniel Brands, Kenny de Schepper, Federico Delbonis, Nicolas Devilder, Víctor Estrella Burgos, Thomas Fabbiano, Márton Fucsovics, Federico Gil, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Robby Ginepri, Jan Hernych, Tobias Kamke, Nicolás Kicker, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Evgeny Korolev, Stefan Koubek, Denis Kudla, Igor Kunitsyn, Dušan Lajović, Illya Marchenko, Maximilian Marterer, Andrej Martin, Jarkko Nieminen, Sebastian Ofner, Philipp Petzschner, Julian Reister, Édouard Roger-Vasselin, Tennys Sandgren, Eduardo Schwank, Florent Serra, Denis Shapovalov, Igor Sijsling, Tim Smyczek, Antonio Veić, Jimmy Wang, James Ward, Horacio Zeballos
 
Women's Singles:
26 - Agnieszka Radwańska
24 - Serena Williams
23 - Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova
22 - Petra Kvitová
21 - Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki
19 - Venus Williams
18 - Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ekaterina Makarova, Carla Suárez Navarro
17 - Dominika Cibulková, Samantha Stosur
16 - Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković
15 - Sloane Stephens, Roberta Vinci
14 - Simona Halep
13 - Alizé Cornet, Sara Errani, Madison Keys, Maria Kirilenko, Li Na, Sabine Lisicki, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Flavia Pennetta, Lucie Šafářová
11 - Julia Görges, Garbiñe Muguruza, Peng Shuai, Andrea Petkovic, Francesca Schiavone, Barbora Strýcová, Elina Svitolina
10 - Marion Bartoli, Yanina Wickmayer, Vera Zvonareva
9 - Eugenie Bouchard, Daniela Hantuchová, Kaia Kanepi, Varvara Lepchenko, Nadia Petrova, Timea Bacsinszky, Sorana Cîrstea, Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Karolína Plíšková, Yaroslava Shvedova, Elena Vesnina, Zheng Jie
7 - Monica Niculescu
6 - Belinda Bencic, Kim Clijsters, Zarina Diyas, Camila Giorgi, Daria Kasatkina, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Naomi Osaka, Tsvetana Pironkova, Alison Riske, Coco Vandeweghe
5 - Mona Barthel, Alona Bondarenko, Johanna Konta, Klara Koukalová, Petra Martić, Christina McHale, Jeļena Ostapenko, Shelby Rogers, Anastasija Sevastova, Carina Witthöft
4 - Annika Beck, Irina-Camelia Begu, Kiki Bertens, Madison Brengle, Petra Cetkovská, Lauren Davis, Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdošová, Justine Henin, Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Shahar Pe'er, Monica Puig, Laura Robson, Magdaléna Rybáriková, Lesia Tsurenko, Heather Watson, Zhang Shuai
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2014.07.08 15:27 tabledresser [Table] IamA Professional tennis ballboy AMA!

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Can you go in depth with the process during try outs to be a ball boy? What they make you do, etc. Good question. First everyone that is in the eligible age range (12-18) signs up either online or on-site (racquet club of memphis), then there is a tryout where the ~300 applicants gather in a indoor facility and throw, catch, and roll balls. While this is going on, there are about 10-15 people walking around with clipboards taking down names of people that "look good". Then there is another tryout for the peoples whose names have been taken down (usually around 250 names are taken), at this tryout it is usually about how fluid you are moving around the court and balance. The field of 250 is narrowed to 200 people who are selected for the job, these 200 attend 2 practices where we ballboy for real matches (usually college players) and get live feedback from more senior ballboys. In the end around 2/3 people make it, but I hear the process is much much longer and more competitive at the slams, especially the Australian Open.
Holy shit this is fascinating. I only get interested in tennis during the Australian Open and I've always been interested how the ball boys get the gig. You guys are so professional. No Problem! Thanks for the thanks.
Besides clothes and free passes what are the other perks you get? Are the players generous with the kids? Shoes, free food and drinks, and ballboys usually keep the smashed racquets. Most players just throw their towel and sweatband, but the Bryan Brothers gave away ~5 hats, their socks, shoes, ~10 wristbands, and a bunch of other gear from their bags, great guys, very generous
Does it pay well? Actually the only tournament in the world that pays ballboys money is the U.S. open, every other tournament "pays" by giving free clothes, shoes, and tickets for the entire tournament... this ends up totaling to almost $1500 actually.
So you're actually an amatuer ball boy? Link to www.youtube.com. If I earned $8 an hour for every hour I worked, that amount would still be dwarfed by the wristband I get that lets me into every single match for free worth about $1500.
After being ball boy for a while and the goodies stack up, do u ever think about selling some of it because u already have too many of them? E.g. limited edition item from a certain event The shirts and shorts are very nice (nike) so I just keep them and wear them, and there isn't exactly a great market for smashed racquets so ballboys tend to keep those as well as souvenirs
Do you enjoy being a tennis ball boy? and who is your favorite tennis player in the circuit? (I have a lot over time but my current favorites to watch are Murray, Djokovic, and Federer) I can't say i enjoy it, but you'd have to be crazy to pass up an oppurtunity to get up close and personal with the greatest players in the world. My favorite to watch (other than the GOAT RF) is currently Fabio Fognini, he has so much variety and is so charismatic its amazing.
What was the worst experience you ever had with a pro? Andy Roddick is terrible. He is everything a professional should strive to not be. The worst is when he hit me in the face with a 140 mph serve and despite the crowds "ooohs", he did not even glance back at me. Just a conceited ass.
How often are the towels changed? It seems kinda gross for you guys to have to look after sweaty towels but it not sure what the cut off would be for too sweaty. Great question. It's all up to the player, if they don't change the towel then we have to simply deal with the sweaty one. This isn't such a big deal with most players, but with someone like Ryan Harrison who sweats buckets, we have to hold his dripping towel and it's gross.
Have you "ballboyed" for the ladies? Who is the hottest in person? Eugenie is the correct answer. I ballboyed for the womens tournament for 3 years before it was removed, and yes Eugenie is byfar the hottest WTA tennis player, though the hottest i have seen in person is either Monica Puig or Lesia Tsurenko.
I take it Ana Ivanovic has never graced your presence. I love Monica, but she has a bit of a 5 head. Girl needs bangs. Personally, I think caroline Wozniacki is the hottest girl on tour other than kirilenko and Bouchard (they're in their own category)
Ever been with Andy Murray? Fortunately I have not, but I have heard that he's a really nice guy. Nobody can be worse than Roddick though.
I hear he is an absolute nong. Edit: On second thought, Bernard Tomic is the most conceited piece of shit I have ever met.
Yeah Roddick does seem like an absolute shit when watching it live. Tomic doesnt seem too bad though? The things you learn ahah. Tomic thinks he is the center of the universe and the greatest thing to ever happened to planet Earth. He's got sooo much talent that is being wasted.
What type of abuse have you had to endure? Also, who spit at you? Players taking out their frustration on ballboys such as throwing towels, lashing out, cursing, and complaining. Jesse Witten in his qualifying round loss... prick.
Jesse witten earns less then the ball kids. He doesn't even deserve to share the same name as one of the nicest guys ever, Jesse Levine.
What's the weirdest superstition you've seen from a player? Maria Sharapova will only take balls from the left side ballboy which is extremely weird and annoying, Tommy Haas will only eat at 1 restaurant the entire week he's at a tournament
Besides just fetching balls, what does your job mainly consist of? Cleaning the locker room, making sure players have balls to practice with, fetching racquets, and the 18+ ballboys drive players to the hotel if the transportation staff is swamped.
What hours/days of the weeks do you work? Typical shifts are either 8am-4pm or 4pm-close... the second shift can end at either 9pm or 2am just depends on how long the matches are, and out of the one week event, you work 3-4 days.
Does it have age limit to be a ballboy? What do you think about some tornaments (in europe I guess) switching kids with hot girls? The age minimum is 12 and the max is 18, though I'm not too big on all-girl ballboys, I can understand how these events are attempting to cater to the male audiences in various ways...
What type of training did you have to do before you were put on court? General practice with throwing, catching, rolling, knowing when to send the balls to the other side, how to stand, etc. It's mostly behavioral stuff, no performance training.
Have youy met del potro and how was he? also sharapova, williams, federer, djokovic and nadal. Sharapova is unbelievably sassy when it comes to how particular she wants things, and though Azarenka may seem like a b***, she's actually very nice (other than the unbearable yelling)
Best and worst experience with a player? Best- Anything having to do with Michael Russell, he's the nicest guy ever Worst- Roddick letting me hear it after I gave him balls instead of the towel.
Do you ever get lightheaded from concentrating for long in a potentially hot and dehydrating environment? U.S. national INDOOR championships.
Edit: actually one of my friends 2 years ago locked his knees for too long and passed out on court and had to be carried off so that's something.
Are there some players on the famous circuit that are genuinely nice and say hello to you etc before the game compared to others? Michael Russell is the nicest player on the tour, he says "please" and "thank you" when asking for balls/towels and is always friendly to the ballboys even off the court.
Cool.. Do they call a female a 'ballboy' as well? Actually to avoid this very issue, everyone is refered to as "ball kid", but occasionally a girl will be called "ball girl", never "ballboy"
How strict is the discipline while a match is going on? What's the most benign thing you could do that would result in you getting fired? Very very strict, no communication with players, strict dress code, and formal behavior. Talking to a player would result in immediate firing.
Is there any reason you guys move like robots? The whole point of ball boys is to stay unnoticed and provide service for the players, we are not trying to be unique.
Who's balls made you the happiest to touch? I really enjoyed touching Lance Armstrongs ball.
Who's balls are on your shelf at home? The only ball on my shelf is a signed ball from John Isner.
Have you ever gotten a chance to witness a John McEnroe rage? Actually I did ballboy for an exhibition match he played, he's actually a really nice and really really funny guy.
You sure you didn't keep Lance's ball? I only got to touch it, one of my friends got it.
What is the best testicle joke you've ever heard? A guy I know was offered a job at Ball State University, so there were many funny jokes that stemmed from that.
How often do you find yourself balls-deep? Whenever I'm tasked with cleaning the locker room, theres always one player who requires special treatment.
Why do you wear the mask? My face was bashed in by prisoners after I let that girl escape, I wear it to keep the pain down.
What's your most memorable moment on the job? Andy Roddicks diving shot to win the championship a few years ago. Guy is an asshole but sure can play.
Does the women's panties come flying off when you tell them what you do or see you in action? When a woman player loses and is need of comforting... the innocent ballboy is always there for her evil laugh
Do you ever flirt with the female tennis players, and when you do, does it get you anywhere? Haha no, the girl ballkids are the ones who clean the womens locker room, so unfortunately, no flirting
Would you say Kramer was your inspiration to be a ball boy? Hahahahaha, my inspiration was actually the ballboy from the movie Mr. Deeds.
What happens if you need a bathroom break during a match? You hold it in until the changeover at which point you are substituted out.
What is your best classic catch? and is there video of it? I am yet to have a Ricky Ponting style catch.
Do you guys get to talk to the players? If you do what about? Absolutely no talking to the players is allowed.
Do you like taking balls to the face? Cant say I do, I have been hit in the face once though.
How many times have you been hit and where? I've been hit 3 times... twice in the stomach and once in the face
Which one hurt the most and how bad was it? 140mph serve to the right cheek from Andy Roddick... will never forget it.
I have no words after reading that after all those years watching Roddick serve in official matches. Who bad was the outcome...? Not too bad, enough to make me flail, draw some murmurs from the crowd, and Roddicks opponent to ask me if I was ok.
Are you the boy with his mouth wide open in shock? Do you know him? I do know him, he's a funny guy
How many testicle jokes do you anticipate from this AMA? No more than I get from 11 year olds at the event.
You practice those burst to lunge at the ball? No practice, all natural talent.
spit at. Jesse Witten.
Who's your favorite player? The GOAT.
No idea why he keeps losing so early on the grass. If we're talking about why nadal loses so early, it's fairly fundamental, his game relies 100% on heavy high bouncing topspin balls, the grass absorbs the spin and the ball bounces lower into players strike zones making his balls much more manageable, the year he won Wimbledon, he was actually coming forward a LOT more and relying less on grinding, if he went back to that, he might have hoisted the trophy this year
What's the best female butt you have had to stand behind? Monica Puig o.O.
Monica Puig. Link to i.minus.com. Just so everyone knows... I honestly was hypnotized
If you could be a Ballboy for any tennis tournament outside the US, which would it be? Wimbledon!
If you were given the chance, would you take going over and doing the European Championships or Wimbledon?. I feel like those would be everyone's dreams to work. AB. SO. LUTELY.
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