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I just watched the Amazon Prime replay feed of today's (Saturday) women's doubles match between Garcia/Podoroska and Hradecka/KrPliskova. Garcia & Podoroska won the match; after the touching rackets & nodding at the chair umpire formalities, they sat down next to each other and started chatting.

The TV director kept the camera on them (except for briefly cutting to their opponents as they left the court). They chatted and laughed - and real belly laughs at times - for at least 3 minutes (the feed ended at that point!), without making any attempt to pack up their stuff and go. It was a really human, lovely moment.

I can't help thinking that in an age where there are fewer and fewer genuine "personalities" in either women's or men's tennis, the WTA Tour might somehow find a way to capitalise on what the camera captured there today. And if anyone here has got a few minutes to spare and access to a replay feed of the match, I recommend skipping right to the end to watch it.
 

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I just watched the Amazon Prime replay feed of today's (Saturday) women's doubles match between Garcia/Podoroska and Hradecka/KrPliskova. Garcia & Podoroska won the match; after the touching rackets & nodding at the chair umpire formalities, they sat down next to each other and started chatting.

The TV director kept the camera on them (except for briefly cutting to their opponents as they left the court). They chatted and laughed - and real belly laughs at times - for at least 3 minutes (the feed ended at that point!), without making any attempt to pack up their stuff and go. It was a really human, lovely moment.

I can't help thinking that in an age where there are fewer and fewer genuine "personalities" in either women's or men's tennis, the WTA Tour might somehow find a way to capitalise on what the camera captured there today. And if anyone here has got a few minutes to spare and access to a replay feed of the match, I recommend skipping right to the end to watch it.
Maybe they like eachother?
 

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That's cute. It's important to have genuine friends on the tour imo for mental health sake. Sure you can have a great relationship with your loved ones and team but tennis is more than a full time job for them. It's important to have a few friends who are going through the same thing along the way.
 

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That's cute. It's important to have genuine friends on the tour imo for mental health sake. Sure you can have a great relationship with your loved ones and team but tennis is more than a full time job for them. It's important to have a few friends who are going through the same thing along the way.
Yeah that's what I thought. If I had the right chops to do videograbbing, I'd post at least some of their interaction on here. It must also have looked good to whichever TV director was running that stream, because he/she kept two cameras locked onto them talking/laughing for far longer than the court cameras would ever usually be live after a match has finished.
 

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Reading through it I was already foreseeing a kiss
 
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That was sweet. Podoroska is the great "find" of 2020, IMO. She seems like an absolute delight.

I get the sense doubles partners who actually are friends have a lot of moments like this, and it makes it that much more a pity there isn't more doubles coverage.

The only moment I can immediately think of that compares is the Nicole Melichar on court coaching for Madison Brengle (against Serena Williams) which was properly hilarious.

 

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Why are threads about Eugenie moved to the doubles forum but not this one?
Because the OP includes a general-interest prompt, about the candid moments displaying personality that the WTA might be able to capitalize on.

As you've clearly indicated in your question, the threads you refer to are "about [Bouchard]" and thus belong in either her player forum or in the appropriate GM forum, in this case the Double Forum.
 

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Because the OP includes a general-interest prompt, about the candid moments displaying personality that the WTA might be able to capitalize on.

As you've clearly indicated in your question, the threads you refer to are "about [Bouchard]" and thus belong in either her player forum or in the appropriate GM forum, in this case the Double Forum.

Plus her millions of followers!
 

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Tennis players are normal human beings, shock! I presume that in most doubles teams the players actually get along and some will be good friends off court as well. Other than their coaches and match officials they don't have anyone else to socialise with when working.

Checked the replay on Amazon of their next match with Babos/Kudermetova and Garcia/Podoroska were having another good laugh afterwards until the director cut away to a general view of the grounds.

They were officially paired as practice partners during quarantine before the Aussie Open so seem to have been friends for some time.
 

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@iGOAT - I said "personality" not "jawline".
You seem quite angry in this thread and the Barty one. Here are some examples of hilarious and fun personality that the WTA could use:


I love Garcia but she's super awkward. She's not comfortable in front of the cameras. Podoroska tries to be I think, but she has a long way to go.
 
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Tennis players are normal human beings, shock! I presume that in most doubles teams the players actually get along and some will be good friends off court as well. Other than their coaches and match officials they don't have anyone else to socialise with when working.
The interview on the Tennis Podcast with Pam Shriver got into how much the changeover chemistry matters to a great partnership. I always wonder at some of the shotgun pairings as a consequence.
 

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You seem quite angry in this thread and the Barty one. Here are some examples of hilarious and fun personality that the WTA could use:


I love Garcia but she's super awkward. She's not comfortable in front of the cameras. Podoroska tries to be I think, but she has a long way to go.
I agree about Garcia - but to me, that's one of the other reasons why this post-match moment was so nice: it was ostensibly out of the limelight. They could have had no expectation that this shared moment, after a pretty inconsequential doubles match on an outside court, with only a handful of spectators...... would ever be captured on camera. This was (IMO) two players behaving and interacting entirely naturally.
 
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