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11-20-2016 09:47 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

And (finally) a nice article on the win from Pearce in Fairfax (and with a picture of the two, guess not the photographers fault that they don't exactly look elated...!):

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London: Australia has its first champion at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals since the second of Lleyton Hewitt's consecutive successes in 2002, after Victorian John Peers partnered Henri Kontinen of Finland to win the doubles title at London's O2 Arena.

The curtain-raiser to the singles showdown between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic was the main event for the lower-profile form of the game, the youngest of the eight doubles teams capping their first joint season with a 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 victory against Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram.

The last time an Australian raised the year-end championship trophy it was, in fact, hoisted by two: Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, in 1996. The Woodies finished their association after sharing 11 grand slam titles. Peers and Kontinen - the latter having won this year's Wimbledon mixed title with Heather Watson - will at the Australian Open be among the favourites for their first.

"I feel we both started to really work hard and know what we can do as a team," said Peers, 28. "It's been good for us to be able to build throughout the year. We've both had ups and downs, but the good thing is we've kept building, kept building. Results have really started to click and happen at the back end of the year, so it's been really positive for us."...

Peers and fiance Danielle Montgomery were due to fly to their home in Perth tomorrow for a brief stopover before heading to Melbourne to finish preparations for their wedding on Saturday. "Probably my duty will be to actually do a few more things than what I've actually done for the wedding," the groom admitted. "I'll have to try to organise things. Then the Newcombe Medal will be after that on the Monday. Then we'll go off on the honeymoon on Tuesday. Quick turnaround. But it will be fun. [I'm] looking forward to it."
Has to be a lock for the Newk now...
11-20-2016 07:04 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

What a clutch result, and fab way to end the year - they've been on fire since that Shanghai final.

Now relax have a nice wedding John!
11-20-2016 05:49 PM
Arsenalex
Re: John Peers

Very close 3rd considering the previous sets, key break at 8-8
11-20-2016 04:57 PM
n8
Re: John Peers

WTF Final: Kontinen H. / Peers J. d. Klaasen R. / Ram R. 2-6 6-1 10-8!

Go Peers!
11-20-2016 06:20 AM
Arsenalex
Re: John Peers

Good luck
11-20-2016 04:19 AM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

Linda Pearce finally has something on Peers: ATP World Tour Finals 2016: John Peers flies Australian flag, reaches doubles final with Henri Kontinen

Honestly though, most of it is fluff about his upcoming nuptials - where is the tennis story?!

I'd like to know his insights into why they've suddenly managed to get it together after a year with mostly lesser results.

And how it felt to see his ranking plunge, and then rebuild; what has helped his game and (particularly) mentality (given those notable chokes last year not repeated this); how did it feel when Murray-Soares defeat by Klaassen-Ram in the semi-finals deprived his replacement of the year end number 1 ranking...(though I suspect Peers wouldn't be too forthcoming on this one!).

Also, why lots of picks of him with Groth, but none with Kontinen!
11-19-2016 07:13 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

And into the tour finals!

Defeated the Bryans 7-6(2), 6-4.

What an amazing run - on 10 October John had dropped down to a ranking of 28, now he's back up to 9 live, and they are still on fire.

Good luck for the finals!
11-18-2016 07:30 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

The dream run continues with a victory over Mahut-Herbert 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-4.

Takes John to 10 in the rankings, and with Lopez-Lopez defeat can go to 9 on a win in the semis, and end up 8 if they win it all.

Bryans up next in the semis, who they also defeated in Paris...
11-18-2016 08:11 AM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

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Originally Posted by TalkonTennis View Post
Yes, it's curious that Australia's highest ranked player (outside the wheelchair disciplines) isn't who 99% of Aussies would say it was, and gets no media attention at all!

John seems a relatively unassuming character, so perhaps he prefers it that way. Certainly he and Kontinen are on a real hot streak at the moment, and I wish him every success in the latter stages of the WTF.
Maybe he prefers the quiet life, but would have thought rewards of better sponsorship deals etc would counterbalance that! But his management certainly aren't actively promoting him to the media.

In any case, last round robin match could be pretty interesting, play Mahut-Soares current number 1s (who they defeated at Paris) who are currently 0-2 but fighting for the chance to retain their number 1 ranking. If the the french team lose, its likely Murray-Soares will become year end 1 team.

Peers and Kontinen have already won their group but Peers needs to max out points for the tournament to get to 7. But regaining top ten basically depends on whether F/M Lopez advance and how far...', and they play after Peers-Kontinen, not before!

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11-18-2016 06:36 AM
TalkonTennis
Re: John Peers

Yes, it's curious that Australia's highest ranked player (outside the wheelchair disciplines) isn't who 99% of Aussies would say it was, and gets no media attention at all!

John seems a relatively unassuming character, so perhaps he prefers it that way. Certainly he and Kontinen are on a real hot streak at the moment, and I wish him every success in the latter stages of the WTF.

And if you ever doubted that he can really play, have a look at 2:21 in this:

11-17-2016 06:52 AM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

And into the semis...still barely a passing mention in the media. Disgraceful.
11-14-2016 09:43 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

Excellent start to WTF campaign with a straight sets win over Lopez-Lopez, 6-4, 7-6(7).

Now up to 11 in live rankings (with Kontinen now at 9), as a team, ranked fourth.

Keep going boys!

Why oh why is there no coverage of their efforts in the media - this end of year dream run, coming up froma drop in the doldrums of rankings, is surely a great story.
11-06-2016 05:52 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

And a Masters title for boys with a win over the no1 team Herbert-Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

Wonderful result, which surely has to make him favourite for the Newcombe Medal this year (though no doubt that would be helped along if they could win WTFs!).

Takes John back up to 12 in the rankings with scope to improve further at the WTFs - with the run they've just had taking out several of the top competitors, have to be looking in with a good chance to win the thing.

And a win would take him back up into top 10, possibly even reclaim his previous career high of 7th depending how the others go...got to be attractive aim!
11-05-2016 02:11 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

John and Henri are on fire - into the final of their second masters in a row with a win over Melo-Pospisil, 6-4, 6-4.

Hoping they can win this one...
11-04-2016 08:26 PM
Kateoz
Re: John Peers

And into the Paris SF with another strong win, this time over the Bryans,6-4, 6-2.

This late run is helping to get John's ranking back up into respectable territory (now 20 live) - hopefully they can keep going and get some good wins at WTF, and improve seeding for AO.
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