Tennis

Vegas Rollers WTT

Vegas Rollers WTT
The Vegas Rollers World Team Tennis Team lost their match to the San Diego Aviators 23-18 Sunday night dropping their record to 4-7 for the season. With only three matches left the Rollers chances of making the WTT Playoffs which start Friday August 3, 2019 at The Orleans Arena are looking doubtful. The Playoffs will take place Friday and Saturday at the Orleans with the Top Four Teams battling it out for the Championship. Vegas will host The Washington Kastles tonight (Monday) along with The Orlando Storm Tuesday before wrapping up the regular season against The Springfield Lasers Wednesday in Missouri.
Only four teams make the WTT Playoffs and Vegas would have to pass three of them to get into the Playoffs. Philadelphia, Springfield, San Diego and New York are currently the four teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today. The Rollers lost their first match to Orlando 21-20 on the road before their first win of the season where they beat Washington 22-18 to even their record at one and one. Vegas has gone three and six since that time with Washington being the only team trailing The Rollers. The Kastles are at the bottom of the WTT with a record of 2-9. Philadelphia has the best record in WTT and look like they will be the number one seed in the playoffs.
The Vegas Rollers have been competitive in most of their matches but frequently its one bad Set that has cost them the match. In the match against San Diego the Women’s Doubles team lost their Set 5-1 and made winning the match almost impossible. They were leading the match by a point after the first three sets but after the ladies lost, Vegas went down three with only one Set remaining. WTT uses a cumulative scoring point system so every game counts. When one Set gets dominated by a team, you could actually win the match four sets to one and still end up losing the match on cumulative score.
If you’re a tennis fan try to make it out to the Orleans Arena this week to watch professional tennis LIVE. It’s a different more laid back atmosphere that the players seem to enjoy and the crowd really gets into it. The Rollers feature players Asia Muhammad and Sam Querrey from Las Vegas along with other talented players and music star and entertainer Redfoo is one of the coaches. Las Vegas is a Major League City and the Vegas Rollers WTT is their newest Pro Team. Games tonight and Tuesday are at 7p. The Playoffs this weekend are at 3p Friday and 4p Saturday.

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2019 Wimbledon Championship Recap

2019 Wimbledon Tennis Recap
The 2019 Wimbledon Championships is over after a Historic Men’s Final. Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the first ever tiebreaker to decide the Wimbledon Champion. Djokovic won all three tiebreakers in the match to win his 5th Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam Championship 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12. This was the first time that Wimbledon featured a tiebreak to determine the championship. Unlike the tie-breaks in the first four Sets the one in the Fifth Set doesn’t happen at six all, it takes place after the score is 12-12.
Federer was up a break and up 40-15 serving for the match at 8-7 in the fifth when Djokovic dug deep and broke back to even the score at 8-8. Both men held serve the rest of the way with both playing brilliant tennis although you could also see the nerves coming into play with both making some unusual unforced errors. When the score reached 12-12 the tiebreak started with Djokovic getting off to an early mini break and he never looked back winning the breaker 7-3 to earn the title for the fifth time and his 16th Grand Slam Championship.
Federer was trying to become the oldest Grand Slam winner in the open era at 37 years of age but it was not to be. When it comes to Men’s Tennis the Big Three of Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal are still far above the rest of the competition. Federer beat Nadal in the semifinals to set up the match against Djokovic. People keep wondering when one of the next generation players is going to break through and win a Slam but the old guard isn’t ready to pass the torch. Federer is 37, Nadal 33 and Djokovic 32. All three have had injuries that could have ended their careers but none are ready to step aside just yet. I can’t remember a time when the three greatest players in the history of a sport all played at the same time like these three do. As a tennis fan I know eventually they will leave the tour but for now I’m soaking in and enjoying every match they play.
The Women’s Final saw Serena Williams get her third attempt to tie Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam Women’s Championships but Simona Halep had other plans. Halep was looking for her first Wimbledon and second Grand Slam Title in her career. Halep has been ranked number one for 64 weeks during her career but was known for choking and breaking down in The Finals of the Grand Slam Events. She broke through with a title at the French Open in 2018 and she seems more relaxed and confident then she use to be. She played incredible tennis to beat Serena 6-2, 6-2 and take the Wimbledon Crown. It was the best match I’ve ever seen Halep play and she echoed those same thoughts after the match. Make no mistake about it, Simona won the match, Serena didn’t lose it. Halep said afterwards that she was nervous but that it was a good confident nervousness. Serena will continue to chase her 24th Slam Title but the field in Women’s Tennis is deeper and more talented than it’s been in years. On the plus side for Serena fans Wimbledon was the best she’s played in awhile. She still has time to get it done but she turns 38 in September so time is running out.
They say father Time is undefeated and eventually he beats everyone. For Serena, Novak, Roger and Rafa the clock is ticking but all of them are still standing and swinging. Time will win but for tennis fans I hope that time is still a little ways down the road. Embrace the greatness that is these phenomenal athletes.

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