tennis-x news and quotes --very funny this week

03-09-2005, 09:35 PM


Goran Ivanisevic sprinkling salt on the wound after Croatia's Davis Cup victory in the U.S.: "It was a terrible blow for the Americans...a shock they will not easily overcome. To lose at home, with a team they dubbed 'The Dream Team.'"...Patrick McEnroe sounding not-too-optimistic about another American stepping up to decidedly fill the No. 2 spot on the U.S. Davis cup team: "You know, James (Blake) is coming back, he'll have a full year, see what he can do. Taylor (Dent) has made some improvements. Maybe he can keep going. Mardy (Fish), he's struggled so far this year. Robby (Ginepri) has had some decent results. But there's not one guy who has stepped up."...ESPN2 will pick up their Indian Wells coverage in the U.S. beginning Sunday at 4 p.m. EST, then Monday at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m...Spain's Rafael "The Prodigy" Nadal pulled from Indian Wells citing exhaustion -- since participation in Masters Series events are "mandatory," is that a fine TBA? We're guessing no one forced him to play all those little South American claycourt events, then pull from the big one -- nice scheduling Prodigy...Best example of a non-tennis writer this week from Southern California's Press Enterprise: "There were no surprises during Monday's unveiling of the Pacific Life Open women's draw at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Five of the top female players in the world were rewarded with top seeds for the event, which began on Monday with qualifying matches. The main draw of the women's event opens on Wednesday. The top three seeds went to the top three ranked players in the world..." Also, little brackets were drawn next to each player, and reportedly the winner of each round will meet the winner of the bracket next to them on the draw sheet. We'll keep you up-to-date with further breaking news from Indian Wells...The Sports Business Journal reports the ATP will open an office in China, and Tennis Week says Polo (?!?) will replace Fila as the official US Open clothing sponsor...From Justine Henin-Hardenne's website: "She has no more pain in her right knee, the injury that prevented her from playing all this time. Given the circumstances, Justine has decided to resume competition on the tournament of Miami (Nasdaq-100 Open), which starts on March, 23 and goes on till April, 3." Let us decode that for you -- she is playing Miami...South Africa is getting concerned for their state of men's pro tennis, with no big contenders on the horizon after the retirement of Wayne Ferreira, and only filling half their stadium for their Davis Cup tie versus non-World Group powerhouse Germany...Russian Vera "The Crying Game" Zvonareva pulled from Indian Wells citing an illness...Jelena Dokic lost in the second round of qualifying at Indian Wells...Dinara Safina talking to Reuters on not traveling with her mom as her coach anymore: "It was tough. We saw a lot of us each other. We lived together and worked together. She'd get uptight and we'd begin to fight about stupid things, like where I put my phone. It's just like any family when you spend too much time together. It's better now."...From the AP: "Shifting the spotlight from french fries to fruit, McDonald's Corp. launched a new worldwide initiative Tuesday promoting healthy living...The "It's what I eat and what I do...I'm lovin' it" campaign...will be rolled out over the next couple of months in different languages around the world, feature kid-friendly images such as snowboarding, jump-roping fruits and veggies and tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Hockey player Wayne Gretzky and speed skater Bonnie Blair will also spread the word." Props to McDonald's for the healthy campaign, better than their previous idea of featuring Serena in their triple-cheeseburger-with-a-side-of-lard "Super-size Me!" commercial.

03-09-2005, 09:38 PM

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