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Tig seals Istanbul title after Bouchard thriller – WTA Tennis

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WTA World No.88 Patricia Maria Tig claimed her first International level title with a three-set victory over qualifier Eugenie Bouchard.

By Robin Bairner

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Patricia Maria Tig saw seven championship points come and go before sealing her first WTA Tour level title thanks to a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over qualifier Eugenie Bouchard at the TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship Istanbul.

Twice the Romanian was a break up in the decider and had three match points on her own serve before crafting three more in succession on the Bouchard delivery. The Canadian, who had battled back from 1-4, 15-40 down, batted each of them off to force a tiebreak, but that proved a bridge too far as the WTA World No.88 prevailed after two-and-a-half hours.

Prior to the thrilling conclusion, the match had been one of extremes. The opening set was dominated by the WTA World No.272, before a rapid turn of fortunes in the second, which was controlled by the Romanian. 

Tig, who had been the tournament’s dominant player prior to the final, dropping only 20 games and not a single set all week, seemed to have the decider in hand before Bouchard’s astonishing rally yet found the mental resources to secure the win.

“’m really happy and excited about my performance,” she said, before reflecting on how she coped with missing so many points to see the match.

“I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong on the match. On each match point, I was trying to do better. 

“She played amazing. We both fought for every point, it was a really great match.”

It was Bouchard came out firing at the start of the match. She set the tone of the opening set by crunching a crosscourt winner on the very first point and was unrelenting for a brilliant spell that lasted half an hour.

Indeed, the Canadian won the first seven points of the match and claimed the first three games by dropping only a couple of points, while she hit with tremendous accuracy and no little power.

Although Tig started to get a grip on the match in the middle part of the opening set as she began to become more effective on serve, Bouchard was entirely untroubled as she leaked only five points on serve in the whole of the opening set.

A set point arrived after 36 minutes when she delivered a winner that dusted the line, and the frame was rapidly sealed as Tig netted.A set point arrived after 36 minutes when she delivered a winner that dusted the line, and the frame was rapidly sealed as Tig netted.

“I fought for every point in every way I could,” she said of her recovery. “I think it’s very difficult to maintain that high a level during the whole match and I knew that if I was going to be there, and fight for every point, it would get better. It did and I’m really happy about it.”

The tide started to turn at the beginning of the second set, which would be the polar opposite to the first as Tig became more aggressive and Bouchard began to misfire. After a couple of deuces, the 26-year-old took the ascendancy by winning her first break point of the match.

Bouchard had two chances to hit back in the fourth game and her failure to do so would weigh heavy. Tig gained an insurance break to love in the very next game and thereafter only grew in confidence, running away with the second set in 38 minutes thanks to four successive games.

Building from this momentum, the Romanian held to love at the start of the decider and was again ruthlessly efficient when given a break-point chance to put one hand on the trophy.

Although Bouchard stopped a run of seven games against her with a hard-fought hold, Tig’s purple patch continued as she found the sideline to move 4-1 clear.

Bouchard’s recovery from two break points down in the following game set the stage for a dramatic conclusion, but in the end she left herself with too much ground to make up.

Having suffered disappointment in her two previous finals, Tig closed the match out as Bouchard netted, and she can look forward to surpassing her previous career-best spot of World No.80 when the ranking is released.

“I’ve thought about it for a very long time,” she said. “It will help me to play bigger tournaments and get on the main Tour directly, so it’s very helpful. I’m happy I could do it here, it’s been a special tournament for us.”

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JONES: Edmonton Oilers dressing room icon Joey Moss dies – Edmonton Sun

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Gretzky’s call has been difficult the last two years with Alzheimer’s and the complications involving Down syndrome at this stage of Moss’ life and especially this year with his hip surgery and the isolations involving the hospital and the facility relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19, however, was not a factor in his death.

“Janet & I are saddened to learn about the passing of Joey Moss. Not only was Joey a fixture in the Edmonton dressing room, he was someone I truly considered a friend. We will miss you Joey and you will always live on through our memories. Our thoughts are with Joey’s loved ones,” Gretzky said in a statement.

“On behalf of all the players who had the honour to get to know him, we are so saddened to hear the news of Joey’s passing. We were all lucky enough to be part of his life for a lot of years. His love for life always brought a smile to anyone who met him. Whether it was a coffee before practice or a big hug after a great win or a tough loss, he would put life in perspective. He will be missed but not forgotten, Once an Oiler always an Oiler. RIP Joe.”

There was almost certainly never a member of a sports franchise custodial staff so loved by a community or as famous as Joey Moss.

There are a lot of much less famous members of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame than Moss, who was inducted in 2015.

Stafford, whenever asked about Joey Moss, always made the point:

“He’s not a locker room attendant to anyone who knows him and works with him. He’s part of the team. In a lot of ways he’s the face of the Oilers.”

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Longtime Oilers locker room attendant Joey Moss dies at 57 – Sportsnet.ca

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EDMONTON — Joey Moss, a longtime Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant, died Monday at the age of 57.

Moss was born in 1963 with Down Syndrome, the 12th of 13 children to Lloyd and Sophie Moss.

He became the Oilers’ locker-room attendant in 1984 when superstar Wayne Gretzky was dating his older sister, Vikki. Moss joined the Edmonton Football Team in 1986 and held roles with both organizations for over 30 years.

He worked with the CFL club from the opening of training camp in June until mid-August, at which time he headed over to the Oilers locker-room for the NHL season _ capturing the hearts of Edmonton sports fans along the way, particularly with his enthusiastic participation in the national anthem before the start of every hockey game.

Moss helped the training staff with such tasks as filling water bottles and equipment duties, but became more than an attendant over the years by providing inspiration to everyone in the locker-room.

Moss was awarded the NHL Alumni Association’s “Seventh Man Award” in 2003, for those “whose behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference in the lives of others.”

In October 2008, Moss was honoured with a mural in Edmonton for his service with both clubs. In 2012, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Moss also inspired the Joey Moss Cup, a tournament held at the end of Oilers’ training camp.

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Edmonton sports legend Joey Moss has died at the age of 57, Global News has learned.

Moss has been a beloved member of the Edmonton Oilers for decades. He became the NHL team’s locker room attendant in 1984, after he was recommended by The Great One himself — Wayne Gretzky. The two met when Gretzky was just 20 years old. He was dating Moss’ sister at the time.

In a statement, the Moss family said Joey passed away peacefully Monday with his family by his side.

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The Oilers sent out a message on Twitter Monday night, saying the entire organization was mourning the loss of “dear friend and colleague, the legendary Joey Moss.”

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Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, joined the Edmonton Football Team two years later.

The Winnifred Stewart Association, which Moss and his family were involved with for many years, shared a statement from his family.

“It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Joey Moss. Joey passed away peacefully on Oct. 26 at the age of 57 with his family by his side.

“Joey was a remarkable person who taught us to love, laugh and enjoy life always.

“While Joey is most recognized as the dressing room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Football Team, and singing the national anthem; Joey is also remembered for his incredible dance moves and putting a smile on your face when you are feeling down.

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“Joey’s 35 years tenure with the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Football Team shows his dedication and loyalty to the jobs that he loved. His strong work ethic and contributions were rewarded, as he was presented with an NHL All-Star Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, just to name a few.

“We would like to thank the city of Edmonton and everyone who supported and embraced Joey.

“We hope that Joey’s legacy will continue on through the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Football Team and all professional sports clubs and workplaces, as we continue to recognize the contributions that people with developmental disabilities make in our society, as integral members of the workforce.”

The Winnifred Stewart Association and Foundation said Moss touched the hearts of a lot of people.

“Joey was an inspiration to many and was an ambassador for people with developmental disabilities. This loss will be felt far and wide, and we are so grateful for the time we had with him.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Joey’s family, his friends and all of Edmonton during this difficult time.”






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In a post on its website, the Edmonton Football Team organization paid tribute to Moss and said it was deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

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“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Moss family,” the football club said.

“Edmonton lost a hero today. Joey’s bravery, humor, strength, work ethic and perseverance in our dressing room and in our community left indelible impressions that will live with us all.

“More than that, Joey endeared himself to everyone in our province, our country and beyond, no matter who they were. He was a symbol of what true teamwork is comprised of and we are all better for having known him. He touched us all.”

Over the years, he’s captured the hearts of those in Edmonton and beyond, particularly for his enthusiastic participation in the national anthem before the start of every game.

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Joey Moss of the Edmonton Oilers sings the national anthem prior to Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks on April 20, 2017 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Joey Moss of the Edmonton Oilers sings the national anthem prior to Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks on April 20, 2017 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


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Moss racked up many accolades in Edmonton over the years.

In 2003, he was presented the NHL Alumni Association’s “Seventh Man Award,” which goes to NHL members “whose behind-the-scene efforts make a difference in the lives of others.”

In 2007, he accepted the Mayor’s Award from then-mayor Stephen Mandel in recognition of the Oilers commitment to persons with disabilities.

In, 2015, he was inducted to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to honour his contributions and dedication made to both the Oilers and Edmonton’s CFL club. In 2012, he was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Moss is also the namesake behind “Joey’s Home”, an assisted-living home for people with developmental disabilities overseen by the Winnifred Stewart Association.

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