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Alexander Bublik defeated Yunseong Chung 6-4 6-4 in the QF of the Zhangjiagang Challenger

At advantage and set point for Bublik in the first set, Bublik hit a first serve which was called out and he was really pissed off about it and went on a bit of a crazy rant. He was moaning to himself a lot in this match, I don't know if he's normally like this but it was pretty ridiculous. Anyway, he's really pissed off and I'm thinking he might choke here, but to my shock then just decides to hit an underarm serve and ends up winning the point. He who dares, wins.

See it from 1:08:30

https://livestream.com/ATP/events/8359869/videos/179935173
 

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The underarm serve didn't give him any advantage, though. He had to rally and defend, and forced an error from Chung after hitting a dropshot.
 

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i wish they use it against thiem, his returning position is ridiculous.
 

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The underarm serve didn't give him any advantage, though. He had to rally and defend, and forced an error from Chung after hitting a dropshot.
Indeed, that put him in a defensive position right from the second shot, lucky to win that point.

By the way, the first serve looked really out, not sure why he was whining.
 

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I wish players would use underarm serve when the opponent is returning from the stands
Yup. The real reason why you shouldn't return from the stands is that you could be underarm served.

Too bad this tour is too scared to think outside the box. Too scared to start conflict with a player as popular as Nadal.
 

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It was a poor serve,very obvious. Here is how you punish the opponent who retreats too far.


Karlovic totally surprised Haas.
 

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It was a poor serve,very obvious. Here is how you punish the opponent who retreats too far.


Karlovic totally surprised Haas.
Wish anderson did that to thiem. It was completely ridiculous that someone would return so far back, even for a second serve.
 

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Question-what is the point of these tournaments? There didn’t appear to be a single fan watching this match. Surely the tournament is bleeding money paying out prize money and wages for tournament staff if no fans are paying to come watch the match?
 

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Question-what is the point of these tournaments? There didn’t appear to be a single fan watching this match. Surely the tournament is bleeding money paying out prize money and wages for tournament staff if no fans are paying to come watch the match?
Well the point is for players to earn enough ranking points so they can compete on the main tour, if they're lucky. There often aren't many people at Challenger events, also doesn't help that it's a weekday and it's not the centre court. It's sad fact that a lot of these tournaments are like this, and of course don't make money; it is actually free entry for spectators at a lot of these Challenger events. As far as prize money, I'd imagine some of that must come from the ATP.
 

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The underarm serve didn't give him any advantage, though. He had to rally and defend, and forced an error from Chung after hitting a dropshot.
Chung was not that far behind the baseline and he reacted immediately, the underarm serve was not performed too good either, lacked spin and was´t disguised, still, should be enough to confuse opponents returning far behinde the baseline but it´s not practiced and not used
 

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I wish players would use underarm serve when the opponent is returning from the stands
Yup. The real reason why you shouldn't return from the stands is that you could be underarm served.

Too bad this tour is too scared to think outside the box. Too scared to start conflict with a player as popular as Nadal.
Yep, until it becomes banned, like an underarm bowling in cricket, it should be utilised more frequently ?
 

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Question-what is the point of these tournaments? There didn’t appear to be a single fan watching this match. Surely the tournament is bleeding money paying out prize money and wages for tournament staff if no fans are paying to come watch the match?
Well the point is for players to earn enough ranking points so they can compete on the main tour, if they're lucky. There often aren't many people at Challenger events, also doesn't help that it's a weekday and it's not the centre court. It's sad fact that a lot of these tournaments are like this, and of course don't make money; it is actually free entry for spectators at a lot of these Challenger events. As far as prize money, I'd imagine some of that must come from the ATP.
So basically the ATP subsidizes these tournaments to develop player talent? Otherwise I don’t understand the business model
 

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Question-what is the point of these tournaments? There didn’t appear to be a single fan watching this match. Surely the tournament is bleeding money paying out prize money and wages for tournament staff if no fans are paying to come watch the match?

It is not a Challenger issue, many 250 have same problem in Asia and in Russia or Turkey, even Montpellier or Dubai weekdays ^^

Problem is tennis audience is drastically declining in Western world as well as standard people earnings and dynamic markets are in Asia where nobody cares about tennis.

So ATP need a Asian heroe to burst tennis audience or rather many heroes as people are nationalistic there so they need to organise tournaments there to make the buzz....

And it does ot work so they have to do it again ad again ad again....

Shangai is the only one full but most people are from Western Countries.
 

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Love how he bitches and moans but it was way out... lel
 

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It is not a Challenger issue, many 250 have same problem in Asia and in Russia or Turkey, even Montpellier or Dubai weekdays ^^

Problem is tennis audience is drastically declining in Western world as well as standard people earnings and dynamic markets are in Asia where nobody cares about tennis.

So ATP need a Asian heroe to burst tennis audience or rather many heroes as people are nationalistic there so they need to organise tournaments there to make the buzz....

And it does ot work so they have to do it again ad again ad again....

Shangai is the only one full but most people are from Western Countries.
Yes, it's true the interest in tennis pretty poor in Asia as compared to western countries. Having no successful players from there is part of the problem. Japan has had some players of course, Thailand had Schrichapan, used to have the Bangkok Open but moved it to Chengdu in China. They have 4 ATP tournaments in China now. I think it wouldn't be such a bad idea if they had a 250 in Korea with Chung having made an impact now. It would be good for the popularity of the sport there and there is already a 250-level WTA tournament in Seoul that is actually pretty well attended (even though no decent korean players on women's side).
 

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It is not a Challenger issue, many 250 have same problem in Asia and in Russia or Turkey, even Montpellier or Dubai weekdays ^^

Problem is tennis audience is drastically declining in Western world as well as standard people earnings and dynamic markets are in Asia where nobody cares about tennis.

So ATP need a Asian heroe to burst tennis audience or rather many heroes as people are nationalistic there so they need to organise tournaments there to make the buzz....

And it does ot work so they have to do it again ad again ad again....

Shangai is the only one full but most people are from Western Countries.
dude...saying no body cares about tennis in Asia is so not true at all
 
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