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thelma
02-01-2005, 12:18 AM
from Tenis-X forum...stuff for dicussion..


Welcome to the Post-Australian Open Apocalypse

After two weeks of thrilling men's and women's matches at the Australian Open, get ready for the wasteland that is the post-Grand Slam week.

Going against the grain is the WTA stop in Tokyo, where four WTA Championships qualifiers from last year compete in Lindsay Davenport, Maria "Grunt-o-rama" Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, and the WTA stop in Pattaya (Thailand) features the return of former No. 1 Martina Hingis after a nearly 2-1/2 year hiatus from competitive play.

Three ATP stops bring the ugly with top seeds Gaston Gaudio (Vina del Mar), Vince Spadea (Delray Beach), and Andrei Pavel (Milan).

French Open Champ Gaudio Takes to the Dirt at ATP Vina Del Mar

A last-minute wildcard by current French Open holder Gaston Gaudio ups the ante this week on the dirt in Vina del Mar, Chile, with the Argentine joined among the seeds by Chilean Olympic hero Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez, Italy's Filippo Volandri, Spaniard Dave Ferrer, a regiment of the Argentine Dirt Army in Mariano Zabaleta, Jose Acasuso and Agustin Calleri, and another Italian in riser "You Say" Potito Starace.

Vina Del Mar begins a month-long claycourt swing on the ATP calendar with additional events in Buenos Aires, Costa do Sauipe (Brazil), and Acapulco.

Tough opening round match-ups are (6) Acasuso vs. Olivier "All We Need is Just a Little" Patience, comer Juan Monaco vs. Mariano Puerta in an old-vs.-new all-unseeded all-

Argentine match-up, (7) Calleri vs. Spanish grinder Alex Calatrava, (3) Volandri vs. Spain's Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez, (5) Zabaleta vs. former contender Nicolas Lapentti, and (WC) Alex Corretja vs. Nicolas Almagro in an all-ESP.

In last year's final the No. 5-seeded Gonzo beat No. 2-seeded three-time French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten 7-5, 6-4.

Former champs in the field this year are Gonzo (2004,'02) and Spaniard David Sanchez (2003).

Spadea Leads American-Heavy Field at ATP Delray Beach

Vince Spadea will try and avenge his upset in last year's Delray Beach final to unseeded Brazilian Ricardo Mello "Yello" as the American tops the seeds this week at the Milennium Tennis Championships.

"Anytime you get that close to winning a title and then don't, it's sort of a bittersweet ending," Spadea told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "It was great to make it to the finals because I hadn't been that far in the Delray tournament. But it's no secret I want to win my hometown tournament for the first time."

Spadea is joined on the hardcourts among the seeded players by Jiri Novak who makes his 2005 debut, Xavier "X-Man" Malisse, Frenchman Cyril Saulnier, Mello, the unpredictable Irakli "Freak Show" Labadze, Dane Kenneth Carlsen, and American Kevin Kim.

First-round matches of note in Delray are (1) Spadea vs. Hugo Armando in an all-American, James Blake vs. a qualifier, ( Kim vs. Canadian No. 1 (an oxymoron?) Frank "You Can" Dancevic, (3) X-Man vs. Jeff "Baby Krajicek" Morrison, (6) Freak Show vs. American Glenn "I.C." Weiner, (4) Saulnier vs. the struggling Jan-Mike Gambill, and (2) Novak vs. former NCAA champ Amer Delic.

Former champs in the field are Mello (2004) and Gambill (2003,'01).

Pavel Heads Middling Field at ATP Milan

Last-minute wildcard Andrei Pavel heads a decidedly bland field this week at the Internazionali di Lombardia in Milan, joined by seeds Ivan Ljubicic and Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic of Croatia, bouncing Czech Radek Stepanek, Swede Robin Soderling, former top German Rainer "Shine" Schuettler, Slovak Karol Beck, and Belarus' Max "The Beast" Mirnyi.

The field has to be shockingly depressing for local Italian fans, with Milan's history including former No. 1 winners Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Bjorn Borg.

First round matches of interest are teen wildcard Gael "Force" Monfils vs. Julien "United Colors of" Benneteau in an all-French, (5) Soderling vs. Arnaud Clement, "Dr." Ivo Karlovic vs. Fabrice "The Original Magician" Santoro in a fascinating all-unseeded match-up, and (2) Ljubicic vs. Thomas Enqvist.

In last year's all-unseeded final, Frenchman Antony Dupuis edged Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic 6-4, 6-7(12), 7-6(5).

Returning champs in the field are Dupuis (2004) and Davide Sanguinetti (2002).

Davenport, Sharapova Headline Strong WTA Tokyo Field

While Martina Hingis will grab some headlines this week in Pattaya (Thailand) with her return to competitive play, the money event this week is in Tokyo, led by four qualifiers at last year's WTA Championships in Australian Open runner-up Lindsay Davenport, Oz semifinalist Maria "Grunt-o-rama" Sharapova, US Open holder Svetlana Kuznetsova, and another Russian in Elena Dementieva.

The top four seeds benefit from a bye in the opening round, key for Davenport who was also a doubles runner-up in Melbourne and will enjoy taking it easy in Tokyo for a couple days before a second-round encounter with either Saori Obata or (WC) Miho Saeki, both of Japan.

Also among the seeded are Japanese No. 1 Ai Sugiyama, Russian Elena Likhovtseva, Serb Jelena Jankovic, and Slovak Daniela Hantuchova.

No real first-round matches of interest in Tokyo, with only four unseeded players within the Top 50 on the WTA Rankings.

The four-time winner Davenport (1998,'01,'03-04) is the lone returning champ in this year's field. In last year's final the No. 2-seeded Davenport steamrolled unseeded Maggie Maleeva 6-4, 6-1.

Hingis Makes Return This Week at WTA Pattaya

Russian Vera "The Crying Game" Zvonareva heads the anemic Tier IV field this week at the Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya, with No. 39-ranked Marion "Roly Poly" Bartoli as the No. 2 seed, but the real story in Thailand is the return of former No. 1 Martina Hingis.

The winner of 40 career singles titles returns after an almost 2-1/2 year layoff due to a foot injury. After originally saying her appearance at the event was a one-off for charity, Hingis now says she is testing the waters for a return to the WTA Tour.

"As a competitor and athlete, I always want to win. But I hope my body will last and hold up and help me to come through," said the 24-year-old Hingis. "You miss being out there in a Grand Slam final and not be able to compete. It's a big difference between staying on court and commenting for TV. I miss it a lot."

Hingis will donate her prize money in Pattaya to charity, and also plans visit to the tsunami-battered island of Phuket.

"I saw news in Switzerland every day about the natural disaster," Hingis said. "It was very unfortunate. I came here to play tennis and hopefully to make people feel better."

Joining Zvonareva and Bartoli among the seeds in Pattaya are former Wimbledon champ Conchita Martinez (who has nearly dropped out of the Top 50), American Mashona "Little Sis" Washington, Puerto Rican Kristina Brandi, Poland's Marta Domachowska, German Anna Lena Groenefeld, and Spanish doubles specialist Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Hingis opens against German Marlene Weingartner, who she beat in straight sets in both their career meetings.

Another un-seed of note is No. 100+ ranked Jelena Dokic in her 2005 debut, facing Luxembourg's Anne "Kosmo" Kremer.

In last year's stadium-emptying all-unseeded all-Slovak final, Henrieta Nagyova defeated Lubomira Kurhajcova 6-4, 6-2.

NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Australia's Channel 7 reported Sunday that after losing in the Australian Open final, Lleyton Hewitt proposed to soap-star girlfriend Bec Cartwright. The two have been dating a little over a month, with Hewitt rebounding from his phone-dumping at the hands of former fiancee Kim Clijsters, who he dated for roughly four years...


Marat Safin on coach Peter "Supersize" Lundgren: "I never believed in myself until I started working with him. We worked really hard. We communicate really well. He understood who I am and I understood what he wants from me. (The results) are continuing to come. He makes me believe that I can be a good player, and I don't have so much doubt about myself, about my tennis. He's a great person and a great coach."...

When Monday's rankings are released you will see an Australian in the men's and women's Top 10 for the first time in 21 years. Can you name the last two? Without looking them up?...

Dear Brad Gilbert: Please secure a coaching job by the French Open so you can bid adieu to ESPN's commentary team. Thanks. For those inquiring, MaliVai Washington was canned by ESPN, replaced by Gilbert...


The 2005 Australian Open was Dick Enberg's first (and hopefully last) time in Australia...

From The Australian earlier last week: "Donald Young is the talk of this week's Australian Open junior tournament. He is 15, has all the shots, a sponsorship with Nike, and is managed by IMG. He had yesterday's match against an older, bigger and stronger Croation kid well in hand. He was on his way to his first Grand Slam semi-final and as far as anyone could tell, a brilliant professional career. Yet he was not impressed. With every missed serve or wide shot, he screwed his face in anguish and considered hurling his racquet. A couple of times he did. The match was being played in a non-air-conditioned, indoor practice centre, which on this blazing hot day in Melbourne must have felt like playing in a greenhouse. "It is so much freakin' hotter in here than it is out there," he exclaimed between points, questioning the wisdom of moving the match indoors under the tournament's heat policy. Behind the court, fanning herself from the heat, Illona Young also tried to cool her son. "Come on, baby," she cooed. "MOM...PLEASE!!"...

The Bryans have still only won one slam title, the 2003 French Open.

thelma
02-01-2005, 12:27 AM
Dear Brad Gilbert: Please secure a coaching job by the French Open so you can bid adieu to ESPN's commentary team. Thanks.

Ok everybody: why donít you like BG? Seriously? ;)

Domino
02-01-2005, 12:28 AM
Because he is an annoying prick who thinks he knows everything.

iluvcandy227
02-01-2005, 12:29 AM
i dont have aproblem with brad gilbert but i think people dont like him cuz he was andys coach

Domino
02-01-2005, 12:32 AM
i dont have aproblem with brad gilbert but i think people dont like him cuz he was andys coach

Nope, just because he was a prick, just ask David Wheaton, he would agree with me.

RodLo
02-01-2005, 03:20 AM
Blah, I can't stand that man. Listening to him do commentary is just so... :banghead:

jole
02-01-2005, 03:25 AM
Haha, Jeff "Baby-Krajicek" Morrison. Who writes this, some University of Florida alumni?

Billabong
02-01-2005, 03:29 AM
Martina:worship:

jmp
02-01-2005, 03:35 AM
Originally posted by Thelma
Ok everybody: why donít you like BG? Seriously? ;)

Thelma, after the first day of coverage I thought I wouldn't like him. I thought he would use a lot of cliches, nick names, and be over the top without substance. But, as the tournament went on I liked the way he talked about the mens' and womens' games and the individual players. I have more respect for his knowledge of the current status of tennis right now.

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Yay!! Jelena won her first round. :D

thelma
02-03-2005, 10:50 PM
QUOTES AND BARBS...

Former No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, longing for the days of the old Soviet hammer and sickle, says Mother Russia needs to curtail its junior program which is losing players to American colleges: "The Australian Open success of Marat Safin and his high world ratings is not the reason for Russian tennis officials to be off guard. They should think of who is going to represent the Russian team at the Davis Cup and other major competitions. Unfortunately, many young talented players who started training on our courts later go abroad, especially to American colleges. We lose sight of many talents. I was lucky in my young days because I had an opportunity to use everything, which the sport organization, including the tennis (federation), could offer in the country at that time. As a member of the Soviet youth team, I was entitled to a free court, inventory, the assistance of a coach and foreign sport trips." And a free loaf of bread and a space heater for your apartment...Marion "Roly Poly" Bartoli retired from the WTA Pattaya City event Wednesday with a severe abdominal illness, taken from the court in a wheelchair, while Jelena Dokic's 2005 debut went south when a groin strain forced her to retire......Word is that Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale has secured a World Team Tennis franchise for Houston, which will feature -- drumroll please -- Mrs. Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf. Payback from Andre for blowing off the Masters Cup alternate position in Houston last November at Mattress Mac's event? Get ready for the Mr. vs. Mrs. Agassi confrontation when Houston faces Sacremento during the WTT season...Greg Rusedski on playing Davis Cup, even with Tim Henman bailing on the squad: "I realized that I still enjoy Davis Cup and it's something I've always been passionate about. I like playing in a team. I've got many fond memories and many times when I've played well in Davis Cup it's really helped my game. I've been working with a lot of the youngsters and it made me think that I still want to be part of this team and I still want to help out as much as I can. In the end it was an easy decision. My body feels really good, better than it's ever felt, and you can still fit Davis Cup in without it affecting any of the major championships. I don't see a problem at all." "Grinning" Greg, the Brit patriot -- that's a backhanded slap to you Tim, Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, and others bailing on Davis Cup duties...Wow, that Martina Hingis comeback was a thriller, we'll have to do that again sometime -- way to compete. Hopefully Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne or Anna Kournikova can put forth a better effort later this year...You really can't beat this clip from SPORTSbyBROOKS: "TennisReporters.net reports that Jennifer Capriati is apparently dating a porn star named Dale DeBone. A source told the website that 'indeed the two are dating,' but did not reveal how they met. Some of DeBone's *credits* include: 'Analgeddon #2,' 'Ass Freaks #2,' 'Anal Driller #4,' and the artistic triumph, 'I Cream On Genie.'" Thank you Jen, things were getting a little post-Aussie Open dull around here, the check is in the mail as always...Boris Becker has signed on with sports management firm IMG...Serena Williams celebrated her Aussie Open win by visiting Thailand, staying at the Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin.

aceit
02-03-2005, 10:59 PM
Thanks Thelma!

BlahBlahBlah007
02-03-2005, 11:48 PM
"TennisReporters.net reports that Jennifer Capriati is apparently dating a porn star named Dale DeBone. A source told the website that 'indeed the two are dating,' but did not reveal how they met. Some of DeBone's *credits* include: 'Analgeddon #2,' 'Ass Freaks #2,' 'Anal Driller #4,' and the artistic triumph, 'I Cream On Genie.'" Thank you Jen, things were getting a little post-Aussie Open dull around here, the check is in the mail as always...Boris Becker has signed on with sports management firm IMG "


Muahahahaha!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

thelma
02-04-2005, 10:34 PM
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Here's a headline you don't see too often, from Australia's The Advocate: "Future bright for Australian tennis"; Australian legend Neale Fraser lays it out: "We are indeed lucky to have Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik at the top of the rankings and you either have that or a lot of others ranked lower. But I'd much rather have us winning Davis Cups like a few years back and grand slams and Federation Cups than have 10 players ranked in the Top 50 to 100 and not participate in such events. Tennis here is in a healthy situation...

Todd (Reid) has had a lot of encouragement but also a lot of bad luck. But I think he just needs to work a little harder, while Chris ("Penthouse" Guccione) is also an immense talent. He is a typical country boy and needs to make up his mind if he really wants to be a tennis player and maybe apply himself a bit more."...

The depth-challenged Australian Davis Cup team may have to yank Scott Draper off the golf course for their upcoming tie, with Mark Philippoussis injured and youngster Todd Reid struggling with his form...

Tim Henman has withdrawn from next week's ATP stop in Marseille with an ongoing back injury: "My back didn't react particularly well to my matches in Australia or the flight home, and it's been problematic ever since," Henman said on his website. "Recently it's been really stiff and I haven't been able to train or practice properly, which has been really frustrating. I've had a couple of consultations with specialists since I first experienced the problem but I felt the time was right to seek further help. I've been told that my condition is basically just down to wear and tear so there's not much I can do in terms of trying to rectify it completely. It's very much a case of trying to improve my body core stability and being much more aware of my posture both on and off the court. I've been given a number of strengthening exercises that I need to add to my daily routine. Unfortunately, given the fact that I haven't been able to train or practice properly I feel it would be foolish to try and get back on court next week in Marseille. However, I'm hopeful that if things go well I'll be able to play in Rotterdam the week after, but it's still going to be very much a case of taking it day by day in the very short term to see how my back reacts and responds to the program I've been given."...

Congrats to the ATP Delray Beach website for their mid-week redesign that no longer includes a results link...

Ouch, the Associated Press Friday reported in error that "(Lindsay) Davenport will next face Daniela Hantuchova, who beat U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-0, 6-2." Kuzy won that one, even the score is wrong, ouch...15-year-old junior No. 1 "The" Donald Young has received a wildcard for the ATP San Jose event...

According to FOX Sports: "Safety concerns may rule out next week's Buenos Aires stop on the ATP calendar. Local authorities closed down the central court overnight after it failed to meet safety regulations. Authorities found that the centre court, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, was not adapted to host the expected 6000 daily spectators. One stand was found to be covered by a flammable material, while no study had been carried out to ensure that the ground could hold a metal stand with 1200 spectators. Electric lighting and fire safety regulations do not meet regulations."...

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev says Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Myskina have agreed to play together on the Russian Fed Cup team: "We have talked it over with Maria Sharapova's father. We solved this problem last December. There is no conflict between Myskina and Sharapova, Anastasia is ready to be on the same team with Maria."...

According to Who magazine, Kim Clijsters has hooked up with countryman and model Luc Opdelocht.

howardean
02-05-2005, 04:05 AM
what the hell is with all those nicknames?

thelma
02-05-2005, 09:22 PM
NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS:

Lleyton Hewitt's run at the Australian Open title resulted in a huge television audience for the Sunday final around the world. Seven Network, the host Australian broadcaster, pulled in a national average of 4.04 million viewers, drawing roughly 800,000 more views than the top rated show of 2004 in Australia (Australian Idol -- The Final Verdict). During the coverage of the final the audience peaked at 4.87 million. In the United States, ESPN2 drew over 1 million viewers for it's live and re-air of the match. Live coverage of the final drew 266,000 viewers despite a 3:30 a.m. start time. The tape-delayed broadcast of the match drew an audience of 830,000 on Sunday afternoon. During the course of the Australian Open, ESPN2 added 35 hours of coverage to bring its total to 111 hours during the fortnight...

Following his Australian Open win last week, Marat Safin obliged the media by conducting interviews for over two hours before finally wrapping up around 1:45 a.m. He then celebrated his second career Grand Slam win with his girlfriend Dasha, coach Peter Lundgren, former players Mats Wilander and Joakim Nystrom, and a host of friends who flew in from Moscow. He caught just four hours of sleep before heading out for a photo shoot with his trophy for the international media...

Former Italian No. 1 Andrea Gaudenzi is working in Milan this week in the tournament director's office and as a commentator for both Sport Italia and Eurosport. The 31-year-old Gaudenzi, once ranked No. 18 in the world, played his last match in July 2003 just after graduating from Law School in Italy. "After stopping my professional career, I did an MBA in Monaco which I finished with full marks in July 2004. Now I am busy with my company, managing Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini and commentating for TV," Gaudenzi said. "I played professional tennis for 13 years, it was a wonderful experience, this is like my second life."...According to the industry whisper, Andre Agassi is a 90% go to play in the next Davis Cup tie for the U.S. So will he still take the giant oil-cash guarantee to play the million-dollar Dubai tournament the week before?...

Since the only U.S. tennis you're getting from ESPN this month is the U.S. Davis Cup weekend, here's a sneak peek at The Tennis Channel's line-up for February: The Davis Cup story (premiers on 2/4), this week's semifinals and finals from ATP Delray Beach and Vina del Mar, the Andy Roddick Charity Jam (premiers on 2/7), Thurs.-Sun. coverage next week at ATP San Jose, semifinal and final coverage next week at Buenos Aires on the dirt, the WTA Paris final, ATP Memphis coverage Wed.-Sun., ATP Costa de Sauipe (Brazil) semifinals and final, the WTA Antwerp final, the Andy Roddick-led Serving Tsunami Relief exhibition from Houston, WTA Doha and ATP Scottsdale Thurs.-Sun. coverage, and ATP Acapulco semifinals and final. Unless like us you're without The Tennis Channel on Comcast, you're a happy puppy. Sign the contract Comcast!..

The ATP's world headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., located on the outskirts of Super Bowl host city Jacksonville, is hosting the Taste of the NFL, which last year raised $820,000. How unappetizing does that sound, ever wonder what the NFL tastes like? We haven't. The money raised was distributed to select programs of America's Second Harvest, as well as hunger-relief agencies in each of the 31 NFL cities. Giant marquees have been erected over the grass, clay and hardcourts at the ATP Tennis Club (drilling tent holes in the middle of the hardcourts, who the hell authorized that?) to cater for the 3,100 guests of the Taste of the NFL. All tickets -- ranging from $400 to $600 and $10,000 for corporate tables -- have been sold. Born at Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis in 1992, Taste of the NFL brings together leading chefs from each of the 31 NFL cities plus a current or retired NFL player from each city. During the past 13 years the event has raised $5.3 million for hunger-relief groups...

Pat Cash, currently playing an exhibition in South Africa: "It is more relaxed. We tend to have a bit of a laugh over line calls rather than going crazy about them. The big difference is that we are a little bit slower than we used to be. We still hit the ball hard, even harder than we used to do when necessary. This is a result of the technology."..

At the Masters Series-Indian Wells this year the men's final will move back to best-of-five sets...From The Age: "Newly-engaged couple Bec Cartwright and Lleyton Hewitt have sold their story to a magazine, according to a newspaper report. A source close to the couple said the deal would be worth tens of thousands of dollars. A New Idea representative would not comment on any possible agreement. "I have no information about that at the moment," she said...Rival magazines have allegedly started bidding for the first set shots of Ms. Cartwright's diamond engagement ring. The ring was reportedly bought for $200,000 from Tiffany's Jewellers in Melbourne's Collins Street during the Australian Open."...

The ever-entertaining Vince "Vincenzo Rollin' in the Benzo" Spadea after beating fellow American Kevin Kim in three sets at the ATP stop in Delray Beach: "It was really unfortunate for me that I didn't capitalize on the match points. I was starting to become emotionally and physically confused. I needed a couple minutes to regroup."

thelma
02-05-2005, 09:22 PM
what the hell is with all those nicknames?
from TENNIS-X ;)

thelma
02-09-2005, 12:01 AM
NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Justine Henin-Hardenne has entered the claycourt Family Circle Cup at Charleston on April 9...Andy Roddick on his loss to Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open: "It's a good thing that I've come to a point in my career where I can make the last four of one of the biggest four tennis events in the world and have people grill me and have it be a disappointment. I have to look at that as, I guess, the standard that I've set for myself. I'm just as disappointed as everyone else." That's loser talk, Andy! Time to suck it up and play ball. Here's Andre Agassi weighing in on Roddick changing coaches: "We saw him go from maybe seven or 10 in the world to No. 1. We saw him win tournament after tournament, win the US Open. If it wasn't for Roger (Federer) having the incredible year, we would have seen him have the same sort of year again. Seemed to me like a lot of good decisions were going on there." Ouch...On Monday the USTA finally announced that Andre Agassi will play in the first-round D-Cup match against Croatia on March 4-6 at Carson, Calif. "I have decided to play Davis Cup in 2005," Agassi said in a statement released by the USTA. "The captain and players know that my life will not allow me to play every tie at this stage of my career. Still, they all expressed encouragement, which is very much appreciated." It will be the first D-Cup appearance for the former No. 1 since 2000, the year Andy Roddick posted a 4-5 win-loss record in tour-level play, with two of the losses coming to Agassi...Maria Sharapova, with her new 2005 status as a "Gold Exempt Player," will be prevented from cleaning up at the lower-rung Tier IV Seoul and Tier III Tokyo events late in the year...Lleyton Hewitt on getting engaged to Bec Cartwright after dating for six weeks: "I've probably put up with more criticism than a lot of people out there. At the end of the day, you block out everything, especially with your personal life. What feels right to you, you don't second guess yourself. For us, it just felt so awesome right from the start." Hewitt on buying the big $200K rock for his girl: "I took a couple of my mates in, during the Australian Open actually, and Jo Altman, who's my coach's fiance. I had to have one chick in there to help me out a little bit. So I took her in there for a bit of female's advice. I was still pretty nervous going in there. It took my mind off going out there and having to win some big tennis matches, anyway...I'd spoken to the people before and ordered a few different kinds in. I had probably 10 to 20 just sitting there in front of me, and I couldn't tell the difference between any of them. So I had to just sit back there and look at all these unbelievable rings and then try and choose one of them."...Alicia Molik missed Paris this week with the flu, but is still scheduled for Antwerp.

thelma
02-09-2005, 08:21 PM
NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Chilean Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez withdrew from Buenos Aires with a thigh injury. Argentine Mariano Zabaleta, who lost to Gonzalez last week in Vina del Mar, says the Chilean wrongly incited the disrespectful home crowd: "He broke the codes of tennis, because you can't do what he did," Zabaleta told the Argentine news agency Telam. "There's no need to generate violence or the resentment of the public against a visitor to win a match. (They insulted) my coach, my physiotherapist and a friend of mine. These things don't happen in Argentina, people encourage the home players but without disrespecting the visiting player. I wanted to play Gonzalez (in Buenos Aires this week) because we could have met in the quarterfinals, but it appears he can't be bothered if the crowd aren't in his favor."...

Former No. 1-ranked doubles player Anne Smith, 45, is playing the Midland (Mich.) Challenger this week: "The goal is to get back to the WTA. I saw Martina (Navratilova), and she was doing well, I figured I will give it a try."......

Here's the latest update and self-pub from Joel Drucker, who last week did a commentating stint for The Tennis Channel: "I had a fun time working as an analyst with Barry MacKay on The Tennis Channel's recent broadcast of the ATP's Vina del Mar event in Chile. I've worked on-air on the International broadcast of the US Open for the last four years, but this was the first time I'd had the chance to call matches that aired in the U.S. I've been involved with The Tennis Channel since its conception, most actively as co-producer of the one-on-one interview show, Center Court...

In other news, my book, Jimmy Connors Saved My Life, is headed into a second printing." Anyone who receives TTC with feedback on Drucker's performance?......

Amelie Mauresmo announced on her website that she has enlisted former French Open champ Yannick Noah in an effort to help her to stop her show-stopping chokes at the slams. "Roland Garros will be the first big objective of this new duo," her website said...

A homeless man swam nude across Biscayne Bay in search of Anna Kournikova's waterfront residence but got caught up in a pool a couple doors down at a neighbor's home. Police said William Lepeska screamed "Anna! Save me!" as he was taken away. The 40-year-old also has an "Anna" tattoo on his arm, and had to be pepper-sprayed into submission. Good effort...Trouble in WTA Hyderabad, according to India's Web.Mid-Day: "The media was at receiving end from all sides yesterday. Firstly, they found it difficult to make it to the press arena. Then the photographers could not get near Martina Navratilova, who conducted a clinic. Most importantly, none of the players -- winners or losers -- spoke to the media. What's wrong with the winners? Isn't it mandatory to speak after they have won? WTA, please take note."...

The selfless-rolling James Blake on being bumped from the U.S. D-Cup No. 2 singles spot by Andre Agassi: "He's giving us the best chance to win. He's unbelievable. People amaze me when they keep asking him when he's going to retire, because he's still Top 10 in the world. I think we need to keep him on tour as long as possible and ask him if he'll keep staying even after he should."

thelma
02-10-2005, 10:06 PM
NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Australian umpire John Blom tells Rediff.com that the Indian crowds this week at the WTA stop in Hyderabad are out of control: "The people are so enthusiastic. It's amazing how they get behind the local girl Sania (Mirza). I understand the crowd really wants to support their local player and the atmosphere is really good. But the only thing, I think, inappropriate is the spectators whistling. They do it without realizing that it is offensive. When they shout it is distracting for both the players, and even Sania can lose out because of that. You can't do much in these situations. Even holding the game up could only be in extreme cases. Basically, I told the players before the game that there will be a lot of noise and you just have to bock it up. But this is India. You expect people to come out in huge numbers." Adding to the problem in Hyderabad is the tournament letting the mostly non-tennis fans in for free...

Maria Sharapova withdrew from Paris Wednesday with a respiratory illness...

Here's Knight Ridder's Ann Killion creaming herself with the A-Rod tribute: "Roddick is our entry in a fabulous international age of men's tennis. Myopic Americans might prefer U.S.-only rivalries like Connors-McEnroe or Sampras-Agassi. But the four finalists at the Australian Open -- young, powerful and dashing -- made for compelling tennis. Roddick represents America well. Last summer, he made the most of his Olympic experience in Athens, living in the village with his old friend Mardy Fish. Though he was distraught when he lost his chance to win a gold medal, he stayed on to cheer for Fish. Unlike some of his apathetic predecessors, he's a willing member of the Davis Cup team, and embraces Andre Agassi's inclusion with his usual fist-pumping enthusiasm. When Agassi called to tell him he would play, Roddick tried to maintain his cool. "I was driving with my friends," he said. "I tried to stay composed with Andre on the phone...but when I hung up the phone I started screaming and yelling." And unlike some tennis stars, who seem satisfied to stay behind their private gates and perpetuate the elite aura of their sport, Roddick knows how to sell tennis." Nice stuff, Andy is a do-gooder when he's not melting down in the locker room during match breaks -- and we could be wrong, but we think those "myopic Americans preferring U.S.-only rivalries" days are long gone, this isn't the '80s anymore Ann...

Headline from Agence France-Presse after Andy Roddick struggled with 21 unforced errors in his opening match at San Jose: "Roddick begins on fire"...

Nicolas "The Golden Child" Massu, out with a toe injury, will also miss next month's Davis Cup encounter for Chile...

According to the Moscow Times, "Hockey heartthrob Pavel Bure is suing Arbat Prestizh for 300 million rubles ($10.66 million) after the cosmetics chain's free promotional paper ran an article in which Bure brags about taking the virginity of tennis princess Anna Kournikova."...

Tennisreporters.net reports that American quote machine Vince Spadea may be taking part in an upcoming reality TV show...Tennis legend Jack Kramer, perhaps showing some early signs of dementia, said at a recent ceremony speaking on tennis and golf that "golf is the best game." For what, getting fat? Like John McEnroe said, "If you don't run, it's not a sport."

thelma
02-14-2005, 04:52 PM
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19-year-old Australian Chris "Penthouse" Guccione won the Uncle Toby's Burnie Challenger over the weekend in Australia...

Joachim "The Jackhammer" Johansson topped 100 aces for the week with his win at Marseille, elevating him into the Top 10 for the first time...

Juan Carlos Ferrero on being a lower-ranked scrub: "Because I'm no longer seeded it's tougher. I had to play against Joachim Johansson in the first round last week in Marseille. In the past when I was a top seed I would have played a match like that in the quarters or semifinals. This is the big difference but I have to do it to get higher in the rankings."...

Will Gaston Gaudio, who apparently decided he needed a rest after winning Vina del Mar and Buenos Aires back-to-back, be penalized for suddenly suffering a "thigh injury" Sunday (though not apparent in the B.A. final) and pulling from this week's event in Costa Do Sauipe? Not a good look commitment-wise for the Argentine, with C.D.S. putting all their marketing bank into Gaudio as the top seed this week...

The Mercury in Australia reports that Lleyton Hewitt has set a wedding date with Bec Cartwright for December...

Australian Fed Cup captain John Alexander, getting a little too caught up in the moment Down Under, says both Alicia Molik and Sam Stosur will eventually reach the No. 1 ranking: "When we saw Sam play Alicia in the final of the Sydney event, where she lost 7-5 in the third and was within a couple of points of winning, a lot of people said that Alicia will be the world's No. 1," Alexander told AAP. "Well, Sam is only 20, so I'll make the assumption right now that Sam will make No. 1 in the world, too."...

Andre Agassi drops out of the Top 10 to No. 11 this week on the ATP Rankings.

thelma
02-14-2005, 09:20 PM
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"These rackets they use today, you can go to the moon with them. You can do anything you want with them. You have so many choices, but the whole body has more chance of getting injured because every shot is possible from every position."
-- Guillermo Vilas talking to the New York Times about all the injuries on tour.

"Yeah, I couldn't get cell phone service in the stadium this morning."
-- Andy Roddick when asked if anything was not working today in the final of the ATP stop in San Jose.

"The balls are terribly unpredictable. They skim the net, you make the adjustment and they go 18 feet long. Prince should stick to tennis rackets, that's for sure."
-- Andre Agassion the Prince balls used at the ATP San Jose event.

"There is something about the size of the balls that is not making me comfortable. They aren't friendly."
-- No not what you might think, but rather Max "The Beast" Mirnyi disparaging the San Jose tournament's use of a particular brand of Prince tennis balls.

thelma
02-16-2005, 03:46 PM
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Dinara Safina on brother Marat: "A lot of people say we don't look very much alike, which is basically true. But in terms of character, we're the same. When we lose a match, no one can talk to us for two or three hours. We get that from our father." Sounds like a great household environment growing up

...Amelie Mauresmo says she is "still too shy on court" but hopes her new part-time partnership with Yannick Noah, working on the mental aspect of her game, will yield results: "We still have to define precisely what this cooperation will entail. We're going to talk a lot. He knows how to get the best out of an athlete. That's what interests me, that he'll help me to push myself to my limits."...

Tim Henman on battling his back injury: "I have been working on Pilates-type exercises and have really felt the difference over the past two weeks. As you grow older, you have to realize that your body doesn't recover as quickly as you would like to and you have to play more attention to it. I feel I now have a plan and am working through it. Today I spent about 45 minutes in the gym and I have to be aware of my posture, especially when I'm off court. I really struggled in December and couldn't do the training I would have liked to have done but I feel this is really the start of my season as I was able to play almost pain-free for the first time this year."...Serena Williams will appear naked in a photo book to help Elton Johns's AIDS Foundation...

Vera "The Crying Game" Zvonareva on her frequent meltdowns: "I think it's most important to be yourself on the court and have some personality. If you are just so tight and you are not letting your personality out on the court, you are not going to be able to play your best tennis and there's nothing special out there with that person. Each player is different and you have to show yourself."

thelma
02-17-2005, 03:18 PM
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India's new star Sania Mirza will be provided with two gun-wielding bodyguards by the Hyderabad City Police after problems with stalkers and attempted gate crashers at her home...

The Tennis Channel has teamed with E! Entertainment Television to help victims of the tsunami disaster by airing the Serving for Tsunami Relief special, produced by TTC. The special is being aired along with other tennis-related programming today on E!, with "True Hollywood Story -- Anna Kournikova" at 8pm, "True Hollywood Story -- the Williams Sisters" at 9pm, and the tsunami special at 10 pm, a one-hour highlight show from the Houston fund-raising exhibition on Jan. 31 with Anna Kournikova, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Jim Courier, Dr. Phil and Clyde Drexler. A call-in number during the show will allow television audiences to contribute to the cause, or individuals can visit http://www.thetennischannel.com for information about donating on-line. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, TTC will devote the entire day to the full, three-hour version of the event, which will be repeated for 24 hours, encouraging viewers to call in and donate to the relief fund...

The Tennis Channel is also in the process of purchasing the ATP Scottsdale event, to be called the Tennis Channel Open. TTC CEO Steve Bellamy said he hopes to purchase a women's tournament to be held simultaneously starting next year. "From a television perspective, we can take every chance and try every new thing under the sun," said Bellamy, who wants Scottsdale to become "like a tennis Woodstock."...

Canadian player Simon Larose announced his retirement Wednesday after testing positive for cocaine. "I've been injured for most of the past year and maybe it's a message that it's my time to retire," Larose told the CBC website. "I just didn't want it to happen this way." Perhaps since you're only 26, it was simply a message you shouldn't be doing coke. According to the Montreal Gazette, Larose tested positive after attending a party where he smoked a cigarette laced with the drug...

France's Sebastien Grosjean on his return from injury: "I still feel a bit uncomfortable with my thigh injury. It's not hurting me anymore like it was in Australia but it's a bit uncomfortable. I still don't trust myself with my movement yet but hopefully it will come soon."...

James Blake withdrew from his doubles at Memphis with Mardy Fish due to a toe injury...James Blake on the proliferation of African-American players at Memphis: "I won't mention his name, but I heard one of the younger guys say he looked up to me. That sent chills down my spine. When I got on tour I realized I was a little different than the norm out there and that there might be people I'm influencing more than others. That's why I always act appropriately and in the manner that I should. I look forward to them all doing pretty well. And when (seeing African Americans) on the tour becomes more the norm, maybe it'll break down some barriers."...

India was awarded another WTA event in Kolkata in September...

Justine Henin-Hardenne is targeting her 2005 debut for Miami, and possibly the week earlier at Indian Wells...

Tennis Week says that Germany's Horst Klosterkemper, President, ATP and Managing Director, Europe, and Australia's Brad Drewett, Managing Director, International and Tournament Director, Tennis Masters Cup, are the top two candidates to succeed Mark Miles as ATP CEO, tipping Drewett with the advantage...

Venus Williams has a three-page swimsuit spread in this week's Sports Illustrated. :p

thelma
02-18-2005, 08:47 PM
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World No. 1 Roger Federer on leaving the Swiss Davis Cup team high and dry in their upcoming March tie against the Netherlands: "I hope for them they can win because it will be quite extraordinary to win a match without me because I've always been there. We've had some good success but usually it was always up to me if we were going to win the tie or not. It's going to be a very interesting week for Swiss tennis and for the future...If they call me and ask me how they should play against (Sjeng) Schalken, I'll tell them. But it's not me on the court so they have to do the work." Federer, who has represented Switzerland in Davis Cup for the last six years, says he is skipping the first round tie to concentrate on retaining his lead at No. 1 in 2005...

Roger Federer, Marat Safin and Andre Agassi will head the oil-rich under-the-table-guaranteed field in Dubai next week: "Roger has quickly become one of the superstars of the game and we are delighted he is coming back to Dubai to defend his title," said Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free. "Should he win his third consecutive Dubai Men's Open, Roger will create history and set a new precedent." Tim Henman has accepted a wildcard in Dubai, and will be joined by British compatriot "Grinning" Greg Rusedski ...

Brendan Evans and fellow Americans Alex Kuznetsov and Donald Young have been given wildcards next week at Scottsdale...

CEO Steve Bellamy on The Tennis Channel buying the ATP Scottsdale event: "There is a myriad of reasons why we wanted to own a tournament. For marketing and programing, owning a tournament is great. We own the content. Owning it in Scottsdale is even better...

One thing about our business, I'm on the phone with a major player almost every single day. A typical tournament director may talk to a player once a year...It is a huge priority for us to try and have a major men's and women's event. That is our goal."...

Fans who show up for the first two days of next week's ATP Scottsdale event wearing Phoenix Coyotes jerseys will be given free tickets for the tournament, says Tennis Channel CEO Steve Bellamy who is in the process of buying the event. "I'm a die-hard tennis nut, and I can imagine how difficult it must be for die-hard hockey fans right now," Bellamy said...

Vince Spadea's shoulder injury does not bode well for his ranking, defending his championship points next week in Scottsdale...Mark Philippoussis, currently ranked No. 199, hopes to make a return from injury next week in Scottsdale...

Brazil named Fernando Meligeni as their Davis Cup team captain on Thursday, ending the boycott of the competition by Gustavo Kuerten and Brazil's top players. "This is a difficult moment and it's very important for Brazilian tennis, it's time to regain the credibility of the sport," Meligeni said.

thelma
02-19-2005, 10:58 PM
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The ATP and the Pacific Life Open announced that Roger Federer, Marat Safin, Tim Henman, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio, David Nalbandian and others will unite for a special charity exhibition event during the Masters Series-Indian Wells designed to benefit UNICEF and other worldwide tsunami relief efforts. "In Australia in January, the players were talking about what we could do as a group," Federer said. "I'm delighted that we will come together to play in this unique event designed to raise funds for tsunami relief efforts. It's an important cause and the night will be a very enjoyable one for the fans who come watch." Charlie Pasarell, tournament director of the MS-Indian Wells, said: "The Friday night session at Indian Wells has traditionally been a 'Salute to Heroes,' so this event fits in perfectly with that theme. Everyone has been impressed at how quickly the players and tournaments responded to the crisis in Asia, and we're pleased to host this special event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to help raise additional funds. It should make for a very memorable night."

RonE
02-19-2005, 11:45 PM
Thank you Sally- it was highly entertaining reading many of these quotes :wavey:

thelma
02-20-2005, 08:32 PM
You're welcome! :wavey:

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Greg Rusedki and wife Lucy appeared on a Valentine's Week version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire UK, winning ?8000...

Amelie Mauresmo on the French players: "We are close. Very solid. We like to go to a restaurant and talk together. The Russians too, are close -- but in a bigger restaurant."...

With former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy "The R." Robredo asking off the team to recover from injuries, the Spanish Davis Cup captains have named Rafael "The Prodigy" Nadal, Feliciano "F-Lo" Lopez, Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco, and Al Costa to the squad that will face the Slovaks on the fast indoor courts in March. "Albert can help bring his experience of the Davis Cup to a good, young team," Spanish coach Bautista Avendano told Spain's Radio Marca. "It promises to be a difficult tie, but I believe we can win it."...

Aussie D-Cup coach John Alexander has a tough choice whether to go with the horribly slumping/injured Mark Philippoussis or the seasoned Wayne Arthurs in their upcoming match on grass against Austria. "(Philippoussis) just needs to get his form and his fitness sorted out and get in the right psychological place," doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge told the Sun-Herald newspaper. "There's no point in him saying much until he starts playing again. If he's not ready, then Wayne Arthurs is looking good. If Mark could play some good matches, that's going to be terrific for all of us. On his day we all still know he's a handful for anyone to beat, especially on grass."...

Single-day tickets for the U.S. Davis Cup match in Carson, Calif. against Croatia in March have gone on sale, with prices ranging from $35-185...


Richard Krajicek speaking to Reuters about playing the senior tour: "My children are big supporters of me and came out to see me play Jim Courier on the seniors tour. When I lost, my daughter was crying. Then a couple of months later I lost to Courier again and a couple of weeks after that I lost to Courier again. Someone asked my son afterwards, 'When you grow up do you want to be as good as daddy?' and he replied 'No, I want to be as good as Jim Courier.' Normally you'd think it would take at least 10 years for your son to lose respect for you but here I have a four-year-old who knows the difference between a winner and loser."...

Jan-Mike Gambill thinks improving his weak second serve might be a good idea: "I've been trying to hit (second serves) a little harder. I'm trying to get a little bit of a kick on guys, a kick serve more into the body and just going for some second serves. I'm not going to be as drastic as (Joachim) Johansson, who hits just a huge second serve. But hitting a second serve that is 110 or 115 mph with spin is not such a bad idea."

Black Adam
02-20-2005, 08:51 PM
i dont have aproblem with brad gilbert but i think people dont like him cuz he was andys coach
Some ppl do not like him because he is too talkative, talks too much and so on........... but I think he is nice guy all the same.....he seems quite open

thelma
02-21-2005, 02:34 PM
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Gustavo Kuerten is planning a return from hip surgery at the ATP claycourt stop in Valencia on April 4: "This year is going to be very important. It is very positive the way things are going in my rehabilitation. I am not having negative surprises and that is a relief for me. I am going step by step on my recuperation, thinking that everything will go fine and thinking long term on my career."...

While the media confusingly pubs Marat Safin leading the ATP Race Standings, keep in mind that Roger Federer is the world No. 1, with enough points to top the rankings ahead of No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt and enough left over to rank ahead of No. 8 Gaston Gaudio, if he wanted to qualify twice for the Masters Cup. This is why the Swiss wants to skip Davis Cup, because his ranking is threatened? Sounds like a cop-out...

India's new sweetheart Sania Mirza is getting sick of the media attention after visiting an orphanage in India and being badgered by the Indian press: "I did not come to meet you. I came to meet the orphans," said the Hyderabad winner to the media before finally relenting and going into Teen Mode. "Well, I do feel good at all this attention from the media. But then, media should know where to come and where not to." Yeah, like, I'll call you when I release my next perfume or line of sponsored office products...

Unseeded wildcard Gael "Force" Monfils won the Besancon Challenger last week, while Canadian Frederic Niemeyer won the Joplin (Mo., USA) Challenger...

The Times' Neil Harman channels Dickens: "Andy Murray will be named in the Great Britain Davis Cup team on Monday as Jeremy Bates, the captain, eschews caution and form, preferring to trust immense potential, ice-cold nerve and the word of what was once the country?s unshakeable first-choice pair. Murray, not 18 until May, has spent the past few days hitting with Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski to the extent that both have sought the captain's ear and bent it sagely. The outcome is that when Bates confirms his nominations to face Israel in a Euro-African zone one tie the week after next, Murray will be in, even though he has not played a single match in a main draw thus far in 2005." Henman has said he will skip Davis Cup for Britain to concentrate on not winning more slams...The USTA announced it has added the WTA San Diego event to its US Open Series...

Richard Krajicek speaking to Reuters on his tournament director duties at ATP Rotterdam: "I was insecure for a bit after I retired. The first two months after I retired I felt great as it was like a holiday, and then for a few months I was in a black hole and felt completely depressed. One of the reasons I went into a black hole was because I was thinking too much about the future and then I decided to enjoy life now. I've had a great career and decided to enjoy what's coming out of that career. I don't have a big 10-year plan or even five-year plan but will see what comes my way. It's tough for me as I'm a planner and a worrier and that sometimes makes me feel like I want to control everything. Now I'm involved with this tournament and I work with a bank and advise them on how to improve the service for athletes. I also have a foundation for kids and enjoy things like creating playgrounds in the middle of inner city neighborhoods and promote sports. If it comes to a point when no one is interested in this or me as a tournament director, then I'll look at something else."...

Alicia Molik has climbed to a career-high No. 9 on the WTA Rankings...

Andre Agassi says making cash for his charity work is a big motivator to keep playing in 2005: "It's a challenge, it's harder now than it's ever been. But it's what I do and I still try to do it well. Tennis has been great to me because I've hit a little yellow ball so well over the years, and thousands of children in Las Vegas benefit with education and clothes and health care. So I'm going to give everything I can to the game until I just can't do it anymore. You can't overlook the benefit that exists from playing, so it is a big motivation."...

Marat Safin says the international tennis media are on the downswing in his credibility dept.: "I learned a lot of stuff. I burnt myself too many times. I had this belief that people are good, but then I realize that you can't trust anybody. You have to say you find yourself in the newspapers and sometimes I read articles which are ridiculous. I used to say I have to explain everything, and I opened my mouth and explained more than I should. I will not do it any more. People try to sell sensation, and claim I said this and that. It's not good but now I know you have to be careful what you say."

thelma
02-22-2005, 05:27 PM
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Andre Agassi has promised fans he won't take the guarantee money and run this week in Dubai, with the tournament only one week before he makes his first Davis Cup appearance for the U.S. in five years: "There are a lot of stars and the fans here definitely need a great week of tennis. I will try and play my best here. I am feeling very good physically and mentally. The travelling has not affected me and I still feel I have the focus to go on." In addition to the generic public relations announcement, the former No. 1, who many are betting on to cash it in at this year's US Open, threw out a longevity teaser to fans and media: "I can (keep playing) only if I continue to win. I hope I can come here many times before the end of my career."...

"Grinning" Greg Rusedski is enjoying playing mentor to Britain's rising crop of talent, staying on to defend the crown's Davis Cup post abandoned by Tim Henman: "They have to start winning and making a dent and breaking into the Top 100 or Top 50 by the time they are 19 or 20 years old. On the junior tour, you are like a big fish in a small pond. But once you get on the ATP Tour, you realize how different it is. The kids must have the hunger to win. I think we have all these young players who fall in this range. However, they have to know the difference between playing at the junior level and playing on the tour. There are a lot of guys out there with good techniques, but they lack the hunger: that has to be there. I love working with these kids and having been in the Top 10 for two years I know I can give them something by just being there." Just don't give them that broken chicken-wing backhand...Mahesh Bhupathi says for a country of one billion people, India's tennis effort is sucking eggs: "There is a concern for Indian tennis as a whole," Bhupathi told Gulf News. "Yes there is a pool of talent among the boys, but they are simply not breaking through. That's a concern. It is a bit of an unfortunate situation to be in. But hopefully, somebody will step in soon."...

Mark Philippoussis has been left off the Aussie Davis Cup team for their upcoming tie against Austria on grass: "Fitzy (captain John Fitzgerald) spoke to Mark a couple of times last week," team coach Wally Masur said at the announcement in Sydney today. "He wants to be part of the Davis Cup but form and fitness are a concern and he just needs tennis. We will welcome him back into the team with open arms but at the moment it's a case of him working on his fitness and improving his ranking." ...

Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic on Croatia facing the U.S. in Davis Cup next week: "I'm really looking forward to that. They're a huge favorite, but Ivan (Ljubicic) and me have played really good the last couple of weeks, and there are always a lot of surprises in Davis Cup. I'm playing really good, and Ivan is especially playing good. He has made three finals in a row."...

Canada's riser Frank "You Can" Dancevic has successfully risen through the qualifying ranks at his last three ATP events...

SI.com's Jon Wertheim, a big supporter of the pointless "ATP Race" rankings, has now turned on the current-year-only rankings (which currently do not have Roger Federer at No. 1)...

Tennis Channel CEO Steve Bellamy says a big subscriber announcement is just around the corner (hello Comcast?): "The people who cannot get The Tennis Channel will be in the absolute minority very shortly. Our distribution, capacity and ability for the standard fan to get The Tennis Channel is going to go up tremendously in the very near future. These deals are very large and very sensitive, but that should tell you a lot. And right now, believe it or not, The Tennis Channel is in some part of 19 of the top 20 markets in America. We're in 236 markets. We're in 2,900 communities. We're carried by 34 different cable and satellite companies."...

Apparently Andy Roddick's and Mark Philippoussis' cell phones have been ringing off the hook after their numbers were posted on the internet after Paris Hilton's cell-phone address book was hacked...

Andre Agassi is taking pain-killer injections for his hip problem this week in Doha, not an encouraging sign for next week's Davis Cup: "The hip felt real good. It's been such a sharp pain, so I took the injection for it straight to the nerve, and to not feel the pain when I'm returning serve and lunging is a great feeling."...

The Fed Cup World Group tie between Thailand and Croatia in April has been moved from Bangkok to Phuket to help boost tourism following the tsunami disaster. Just say Phuket when it comes to tourism...

Gael "Force" Monfils has received his first Davis Cup call-up for France, though the teen will likely ride the pines behind Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clement and doubles star Michael Llodra...

Marat Safin speaking to Sovsport on getting turned down by Nick Bolletieri's camp as a youngster: "Bolletieri knows nothing about tennis. When I was 12, I was hurting, but I soon understood what kind of a man he is -- a businessman and a very high-profile publicist. Besides the tennis academy, he owns academies for golf, football, baseball, riding...and it's all funded by his pupils' rich parents. You listen to Bolletieri, he raised Pete Sampras, (Andre) Agassi, (Jim) Courier, (Monica) Seles, (Boris) Becker, (Tommy) Haas...everyone in the world. How can you not to pay to such an outstanding coach? They go to him from all over the world and don't know that Bolletieri's a former commando who's never played tennis himself."...

Xavier "X-Man" Malisse and Cyril Saulnier withdrew from Scottsdale with injuries.

thelma
02-23-2005, 06:26 PM
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Roger Federer and Andre Agassi hit some balls Tuesday in Dubai on the Burj Al Arab hotel's round helipad, converted into a tennis court nearly 700 feet in the air. "This was an absolutely amazing experience," Agassi said. "When you first get over how high you are and start playing it's an absolute joy and it was a great time. I had no issues with the height as long as I didn't have to bungee jump off the side." You can see the odd sight at http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/gallery/. "The view is absolutely amazing here and it was very different when I was asked to do this as I didn't know what to expect," Federer said. "I have been in Dubai many times and have stayed at Burj Al Arab before, but this was an absolute treat. To play tennis with Andre on top of such an amazing hotel and overlooking the whole of Dubai was absolutely spectacular."...

All that big serving has taken its toll on Joachim "The Jackhammer" Johansson, who has been ruled out of Sweden's upcoming Davis Cup match with a shoulder injury...

Swiss Davis Cup captain Marc Rosset, now the best player on the squad since world No. 1 Roger Federer said 'Good luck without me, let me know how it goes,' is preparing to get thumped by the Netherlands next week. Rosset will roll the dice to figure out who will play singles among the less-than-thrilling selection of Stanislas Wawrinka, Ivo "I Dated Hingis" Heuberger, and Marco "Chud" Chiudinelli, with doubles specialist Yves "Allegra" Allegro chipping in. Doing the damage for the Dutch will be veteran Sjeng Schalken and "Everybody Loves" Raemon Sluiter, with Michel Kratochvil out with a broken leg...

India's sweetheart Sania Mirza says although she spends her fair share of time in front of the mirror, don't look for an Anna Kournikova-like career spiral: "I don't go on to the court to look glamorous but to win matches," said Mirza, sporting a nose piercing. "I have always idolized Steffi Graf and my aim is to have a long and memorable career. I really need to work hard on my fitness for that."...

Mark Philippoussis snapped an eight-month run without a win yesterday at ATP Scottsdale, recording his first "W" since last year at Wimbledon.

Saumon
02-23-2005, 07:24 PM
Apparently Andy Roddick's and Mark Philippoussis' cell phones have been ringing off the hook after their numbers were posted on the internet after Paris Hilton's cell-phone address book was hacked


I love that one!! :devil: :tape:

thelma
02-25-2005, 01:12 AM
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Facing the powerful German team of Tommy Haas, Rainer Schuettler and Nicolas Kiefer next week in Davis Cup non-World Group play, South African captain Kevin Curren may have to think outside the box. Under political pressure to go with the "next generation" of young South African players, Curren is rightfully considering bringing former Top 10er Wayne Ferreira out of retirement in singles and doubles to avert a blowout. Ferreira has been named to the South African team, but his conditioning is a question mark. "We expect that Wayne Ferreira will play," said German captain Patrick Kuhnen. "However, we approach the Johannesburg tie feeling very positive and I believe we should win." South Africa has only one player ranked within the Top 200 in Weslie Moodie. South Africa may have caught a break this week, with Haas withdrawing from Scottsdale citing a bad back and the flu. Kuhnen would not elaborate on the German line-up in singles and doubles. "I nominated the three best single players in Germany and (Alexander) Waske, one of the best doubles player," Kuhnen said. "Everything else will be decided later on."...

The towering Croatian serving machine "Dr." Ivo Karlovic has been left off the Croat Davis Cup team for next week's tie against the U.S. "He is not injured," Croatia's Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic told the media. "I think you should speak to the captain (Nikki Pilic) about this. There was a misunderstanding between him and the captain and I don't want to get into this."...

With Tim Henman blowing off the Davis Cup for Britain, 17-year-old Andy Murray is being tapped to likely make his first live-rubber appearance against Israel next week. Murray has seemingly recovered from a back injury and is this week competing at a futures-level event in Portugal: "I've been involved in two previous Davis Cup squads (on the bench). Hopefully, I will get to play this time although nothing is certain."....

Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Carlos Moya will headline an exhibition on March 11 during the Masters Series-Indian Wells to benefit UNICEF and other worldwide relief efforts. Other participants will include 2005 Australian Open champion Marat Safin, Tim Henman, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio and David Nalbandian, with additional players to be named. The Tennis Channel will produce and air a highlight show that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the charity event. "We are extraordinarily happy to use the power of television to spread this message and assist those who were affected by this horrific event," said Steve Bellamy, president and founder of The Tennis Channel. "This is a blockbuster field of tennis stars, a field that anyone would want to watch in action. Their participation in this effort will simultaneously make for a dramatic, exciting television event." Bellamy then pointed his finger at the assembled media and proclaiming, "Behold, mortals, the power of television!" Just kidding...

According to the Associated Press: "Georgian tennis player Irakli Labadze has been asked to appear in an Austrian court as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing. A court in Korneuburg, a town outside Vienna, issued a subpoena for Labadze to offer sworn testimony about his first-round loss to Austria's Julian Knowle at last year's Raiffeisen Grand Prix in St. Poelten. Knowle, an unseeded doubles specialist, beat the fourth-seeded Labadze 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. A man identified by the court as a friend of Labadze's, Martin Fuehrer, sued the betting company Cashpoint in Korneuburg when the firm refused to pay $23,000 for a winning bet against the Georgian. "This was actually one of the best matches I played in 2004 and everyone who was present could tell that I won deservedly," Knowle said. "Any other claims are rubbish." Cashpoint alleges that Fuehrer spoke to Labadze before the match on May 17, 2004. "We have evidence that Mr. Fuehrer knew Labadze was going to lose," said Cashpoint spokesman Michael Wondra. "Under such conditions we cannot accept any bet." St. Poelten tournament officials declined comment. The ATP had not been informed about the court case, according to Nicola Arzani, director of communication at tennis' governing body."...

Tim Henman on his website after beating Brit countryman "Grinning" Greg Rusedski: "The match was emotionally draining -- and by the time I got back to the hotel and did my post-match workout in the pool I didn't get to sleep until about 4 a.m. That takes its toll on my body -- because I'm not as young as I once was -- so Wednesday was all about trying to do everything I could in order to be in the best possible shape by the time my second round rolls around."...

Fabrice "The Original Wizard" Santoro, last year's Aussie Open winner and French Open runner-up in doubles, was shocked at being left off the French Davis Cup team for next week's tie with Sweden. "I cannot choose someone who has had average results. He has also not played much in recent months because of injuries," captain Guy Forget said...

ABC Sport Australia reports that rather than being passed over, Mark Philippoussis had told Aussie D-Cup captain John Fitzgerald that he was unavailable to compete next week since he did not feel ready...

Giovanni "Little L." Lapentti had only one tour-level match win prior to reaching the quarterfinals at Scottsdale this week...

While Tim Henman has bailed on the British Davis Cup effort, he has no qualms about making bad recommendations for the struggling squad, such as giving perennial loser Arvind Parmar another shot: "Arvind has improved so much. He had a disappointing result, but he's not going to think 'This is it' every time he steps on a Davis Cup court. There is every confidence he can perform well." Tell that to the Brit fans still stinging from that fifth-rubber loss to Ecuador on your own grasscourts a few years back, leading two sets to love...

The Pakistan Daily Times on Indian pin-up girl Sania Mirza, who has taken a wildcard at Dubai: "As much as her powerful strokes and positive attitude, Mirza's good looks and charm have floored Indians and attracted sponsors in hordes. At least 18 major companies approached her managers doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi's sports management Globosport company but only three have been given the green signal to endorse her. "We have numerous offers but we are being selective," said her father Imran Mirza. "We don't want commercial interests to affect her game." The youngster, who sports a glittering nose-stud, is reportedly as much in demand as many frontline cricketers and only below superstars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.""...

Aussie D-Cup captain Wally Masur on his top dog Lleyton Hewitt: "When you've got the No. 2 player in the world, he just arrives and everyone just comes along for the ride. He leads by example. Lleyton's not necessarily the kind of guy who's going to sit down and give a rousing speech to the players, but he just leads by example. He's so professional. We just like the way he goes about his business. There's no question, even though he's one of the younger guys in the team, he's a team leader. We all look towards him. He comes from a bit of a footballing background and he understands the team environment."...

Austrian Stefan Koubek, currently banned for a doping violation but hoping the ITF would let him play Davis Cup, now says he has injured his knee and is out of action for at least 10 days...

Due out in April is the book On Being John McEnroe, from London journalist Tim Adams..

Ken Flach has been named executive vice president of Tennis Naples (Florida) LLC, which runs the Naples Bath & Tennis Club. Ken's brother, Rick, is a tennis pro at the Ritz Carlton in Naples. Flach will step down from his job as head men's tennis coach at Vanderbilt University. "I always said I would someday retire to Naples. I guess I'm just coming down earlier than I thought it would be," Flach told the Naples Daily News. "It's tough to leave the team here in the middle of the season but I'm excited about the opportunity at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club."

thelma
02-26-2005, 12:01 AM
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The Anna Kournikova stalking case just keeps getting more entertaining/scary, depending on who you are. According to the Associated Press, Anna has hired bodyguards for the first time. "I was absolutely shocked and fearful, and I was very much concerned for my safety," Kournikova testified. "It was very frightening and scary and just knowing there is someone out there who's obsessive." The stalker, who served a Wisconsin prison term for stabbing a man sleeping in a university student union coffeehouse and telling police he was "a slave to an evil that he could not escape," acknowledged past mental illness at the hearing, where he acted as his own attorney. When the judge concluded the man showed "stalking behavior," he interrupted the judge to say, "Proper courting behavior." After he was told contact with Kournikova wasn't allowed, the man lashed out at the judge and her "Mafia accent," and said he may pursue an insanity defense in his criminal case. "Pursue?" Sounds more like they are already in the midst of that...

Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic on he and Ivan Ljubicic facing the Bryan brothers in Davis Cup doubles when the Croatians take on the U.S.: "We can play great doubles. We won the bronze in Athens. We reached the quarterfinals at the US Open and a couple of times we played the Bryan Brothers and it was a really tough match." The Croat pair is 0-3 career versus the Bryans, with all three matches going three sets...

The WTA and ATP will for the first time ever host a combined awards ceremony to honor players and tournaments at a new event called Stars for Stars -- A Celebration of Tennis Excellence, on March 22, 2005 during the Masters Series-Miami. The Tennis Channel will film a behind-the-scenes special about Stars for Stars to be aired at a later date. "I am absolutely thrilled that the ATP, Mercedes-Benz and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have chosen Miami and the Four Seasons Hotel Miami as hosts for this event," says Butch Buchholz, chairman of the MS-Miami. "It's wonderful that the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ATP are working closely together on joint initiatives, and we're all happy to be part of what we hope will be the start of a great tradition here in Miami."...

Before agreeing to play the Davis Cup for the U.S. and captain Patrick McEnroe, Andre Agassi personally called Andy Roddick and the Bryan brothers to ask if it was all right with them...

Nicolas Kiefer revealed that he was confronted by an escaped convict with a gun in the lobby of his hotel just days before the start of the Australian Open...

Winners at Thursday's senior tour stop in Frankfurt were John McEnroe (d. Leconte), Anders Jarryd (d. Courier in two tiebreaks), Cedric Pioline (d. Ivanisevic), and Mikael Pernfors (d. Cash in three). "The condition of these guys on the Champions Tour, like Courier and Jarryd, is way better than it used to be years ago," McEnroe said. "I would like to play between six and eight events this year, and the more I play the better I do." Scheduled for today are Courier vs. Pioline, McEnroe vs. Pernfors, Ivanisevic vs. Jarryd, and Cash vs. Leconte...


Gaston Gaudio, who pulled from Acapulco this week with a stomach injury, will also miss the Davis Cup for Argentina, sidelined a total of 3-4 weeks. Robin Soderling has also pulled from D-Cup duties for Sweden with a foot injury.

thelma
02-26-2005, 07:09 PM
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Probably more than you ever want to know about India's sweetheart Sania Mirza: "She is a deeply religious girl who prays five times a day and tries hard not to play during the holy month of Ramadan. She reads the Qur'an every day," her father and coach, Imran Mirza, told Arab News. "She doesn't want to miss out on college, so she recently enrolled herself for a bachelor's degree in mass communications, having completed her higher secondary course (Plus 2) last year. She went to Nasr School, an English-medium school which is a typical Muslim one." There you go, if you haven't hit the "delete" key yet...

Britain's Davis Cup team, already without ship-jumper Tim Henman, now has injury problems going into next weekend's tie with Alex Bogdanovic (left shoulder) and Andrew Murray (back injury) now question marks for participation...

Tim Henman blamed his rainy seven-hour-total match loss (with seven rain delays) to Ivan Ljubicic in Doha on the chair umpire: "It was incredibly frustrating. It's raining and the umpire doesn't take control. He kept telling us to play till the end of the game. But if it's raining, you come off -- the score's irrelevant. It couldn't be more frustrating because I was very happy with my form up till now. You don't expect this sort of thing in the desert."...

From Richard Hinds writing for The Age: "There are those who believe that by dropping a portable grass surface on top of a Rebound Ace court, Australia is taking a win-at-all-costs approach to the Davis Cup. But when Australia plays Austria next week, it simply will be a case of giving as good as you get. The previous time the two nations met was in Vienna in February 1989. When captain Neale Fraser and the Australian squad -- which included Mark Woodforde, John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur -- ventured to the indoor velodrome where the tie was to be played, what they found first intrigued, then enraged them. "The court was like one of those old rope carpets that you might bag a court with here, but it had clay over the top of it or pushed into the holes," Woodforde recalls. "We'd never seen anything like it." As they practised, the Australians found the court had what Woodforde politely describes as "unusual playing characteristics." "Some balls would dart down around your ankles and others would just pop up over your head," he says. "You would be playing smashes from balls you would normally just hit." The odd indoor claycourt was designed to enhance the already strong advantage Austria enjoyed with its crack claycourters, Thomas Muster and Horst Skoff. But as the clay kept flying out of the carpet, leaving small divots despite repeated rolling and watering, Fraser appealed to the referee. He claimed that the court was not prevalent in the country, as Davis Cup rules stipulated, and was unsuitable for play. The appeal fell on deaf ears and the Austrians won 5-0."...

Justine Henin-Hardenne is training in Saddlebrook, Florida, preparing for her comeback: "It's true that my training goes well. I don't feel any pain in my knee anymore. Now it's time to prepare myself in Saddlebrook. It's hard for me to say when and where I'll make my comeback in the competition. But I'll certainly make sure that I'm in the best shape I can be. The most important thing for me is to be back on the courts and to be able to do what I like most: tennis." Speculation is that she will return at either Indian Wells or Miami...

Britain not really looking forward to their Davis Cup tie at Israel, with a recent suicide bombing right near the site in Tel Aviv...

Friday's winners at the senior tour stop in Frankfurt were Cedric Pioline (d. Courier in three), John McEnroe (d. Pernfors), Goran Ivanisevic (d. Jarryd in three), and Pat Cash vs. Henri Leconte (result unavailable). Will the senior tour finally return to the states, driven by stars John McEnroe and Jim Courier? "There's no doubt that the caliber of names and the caliber of tennis that we have here is marketable in the States," Courier told TR.net. "Stay tuned."...

thelma
02-28-2005, 12:47 AM
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Andre Agassi leaves the ATP stop in Dubai this week with great reverence for the region: "Here in Dubai they have that vision and that passion to execute something that others might not ever even dare to dream. To see it first-hand is remarkable. And that's not to mention the cultures that live peacefully together. It's the way the world is meant to be. The one message I'll take from here is, come to the Middle East before you form any opinions."...

The USTA announced Saturday that Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams will head the U.S. Fed Cup effort against a Belgium team that could contain former No. 1s Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne: "Having the commitments of both Lindsay and Serena, two of the top three players in the world, gives us a great opportunity for success against a potentially dangerous Belgian team," Fed Cup Captain Zina Garrison said. "They're both playing top-level tennis, with Lindsay holding the No. 1 spot since October and Serena coming off of a huge win at the Australian Open. We have a great foundation for our team and anticipate assembling the rest of the U.S. squad shortly." Belgium has until April 13 to name their team...

Agustin Calleri has replaced the injured French Open champion Gaston Gaudio on Argentina's Davis Cup team for their tie against the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires. "I made my decision, spoke to those who were not picked and then called Agustin to tell him and he was very happy and keen to join the group," said Argentine team captain Alberto Mancini, who picked Calleri over the hot-handed Mariano Puerta and the higher-ranked Juan Ignacio Chela. "My choice of Agustin was based a bit on his career and experience in the Davis Cup. He is in good form." Czech top player Jiri Novak was not high on his team's chances, telling reporters "our chances are one in 100."...

John McEnroe will meet Cedric Pioline in the final of the Delta Tour of Champions final at Frankfurt. McEnroe defeated Pat Cash 7-5, 7-6(5) in his final round robin match, while Pioline advanced when Anders Jarryd was about to clinch the first set when he pulled a muscle in his back leaping for a smash on set point. "I feel really well, I think I'm playing some good tennis and I want to win the final," said McEnroe, who on three occasions roasted the chair umpire with verbal assaults. "Pioline is a great player and shot-maker but I don't think I'm totally without a shot of winning." In other final round robin play matches, Goran Ivanisevic defeated Jim Courier 6-4, 6-2, and Mikael Pernfors beat Henri Leconte 7-6(2), 6-3.

thelma
03-01-2005, 10:12 PM
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Aussie Wayne Arthurs is the first 33-year-old to win a career-first singles title since Tom Gullikson in Newport in 1985...

The ATP hired Chris Wallace, former communications worker for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, as director of communications, Americas...

Sweden's Joachim "The Jackhammer" Johansson is blowing away the competition with 311 aces thus far this year, ahead of No. 2 Ivan Ljubicic with 252, with Andy Roddick at No. 5 with 223, and world No. 1 Roger Federer at No. 10 with 150...

The WTA event in Dubai has become the first tournament outside of the Australian and US Opens to offer equal prize money to men and women, and world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport says it's about time: "We hear different reasons for and against it, like we don't play three out of five sets or the matches are shorter in the earlier rounds. I think it's going to be a fight for a couple more years. People have strong opinions and have been raised a certain way in what they believe. But it's the same sport with a different ways to play it. We try and do the best in our field and they try to do the best in theirs. We don't have as big a serve and we're probably not as fast but we construct maybe longer points. The tennis is just a different style. It doesn't make it, in my mind, any better or worse. We're in a better position now than at any time in my career and hopefully we'll keep trying to sway those people that believe against it. I find it a challenge."...

Britain's Andrew Murray on a suicide bombing near the hotel last weekend where the British Davis Cup team is staying for their tie at Israel: "We spoke about the bomb and we were told that we must not leave the hotel on our own," Murray told the Daily Telegraph. "Jeremy (Bates, the team captain) told us to be careful when we go out of the hotel and not to do anything stupid. The bomb went off just a few miles from where we are staying," said the 17-year-old Murray. "I will try not to think about what happened but I don't think it will have any effect on the British team's concentration. We will be safe if we stay in the hotel and the tennis centre."...

Swedish Davis cup captain Mats Wilander says Joachim "The Jackhammer" Johansson's shoulder injury has healed enough that he may play for the Swedes this weekend...

Last week Serena Williams dipped into the South Beach (Miami) Hotel Victor's new Evian Experience, at $5,000 a pop touted as the world's most expensive bath. "I could feel the difference from the moment I stepped in -- the water felt so pure," Williams said, reported the South Florida Business Journal. "Also -- Evian is a sponsor of the US Open, which I've won the last few years, so I guess you can say the water has been lucky for me."...

Nice story via SI.com's Jon Wertheim from Bruno Sassi: "Rafael Nadal's most impressive moment in Bahia had more to do with his character than his game. During his quarterfinal match against Argentinean Agustin Calleri, the teenager was putting on a show, having won the first set 6-2 and serving for the match at 5-3. On his first match point, he hit a good, spinning serve Calleri returned really close to the baseline. The linesman called it out, the chair umpire didn't even think of overruling, and the Argentine was already on his way to the net, to shake hands with the winner. That was when Nadal stopped, checked the mark carefully, erased it with his foot and conceded the point. The match point. Calleri saved another, broke the Spaniard's serve and eventually took the second set. Nadal would only get his semifinal ticket in the third, after a two-and-a-half hour battle. During the press conference, Nadal didn't seem as if that had been an issue. 'I didn't do anything special. That's what I had to do. I did what good, honored people should do,' said Nadal. Seems like they have quite effective manners schools down in Mallorca."...

Venus Williams is expected to be out of competition for at least three weeks with her abdominal injury.

thelma
03-02-2005, 06:46 PM
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A knee injury has taken potential singles candidate Arvind Parmar out of Great Britain's Davis Cup zonal tie versus Israel, leaving the second singles spot between Alex Bogdanovic and Andy Murray...

Lleyton Hewitt, practicing in Sydney for the Davis Cup, on recovering after his Australian Open run: "The adrenaline was just totally out of my body. As an athlete, you speak to any top athlete, and your body does amazing things to get through a situation. My body did amazing things to keep recovering and keep bouncing back the way I was feeling. The moment I knew the tournament was over, though, my body just shut down. The adrenaline just goes out of your body and you have to recover."...

Ahead of next week's CeBIT electronics conference in Germany, WTA Tour sponsor Sony Ericsson has unveiled four handsets, including the company's first Walkman-branded phone with a built-in music player, 512MB memory stick and headphones. WTA players can look forward to seeing that in the gift bag at upcoming events...

Here's Patrick Miles' Fox Sports Australia homo-erotic coverage of Lleyton Hewitt and Todd Reid practicing for the Aussie Davis Cup tie: "Both began the session shirtless in the heat and their taut bodies quickly took on a sheen of perspiration. Hewitt's fiance, Bec Cartwright, was on hand to appreciate the spectacle." Thought we got lost on a porn site for a second...

American Bob Bryan on how he and his brother relax during the Davis Cup: "We've got a massage therapist there for us. Andy (Roddick) doesn't use him, so Mike and I just abuse the poor guy."...

ESPN is trying to sign John McEnroe to call the Davis Cup for the U.S. this weekend, which would be his first time commentating for the network: "We are finalizing an agreement and hope to soon announce John will work for us this weekend," ESPN spokesman Dave Nagle said[QUOTE]...

[QUOTE]Andre Agassi on being back to the U.S. D-Cup team: "I think that when you get older, your capacity to embrace special moments grows. I certainly feel that way this week. Coming here, I even requested from the home front a few extra days to be able to enjoy being around the guys and getting to know them better. That speaks to my enthusiasm about this environment and how much I've missed it. I feel like I'm still learning from these guys, which is a good feeling."...

Tommy Haas on the capri-style pants worn by some Spanish players: "Those long pants are nasty, I think. I wouldn't play with them if you paid me...I think sometimes, we should be allowed to play without a shirt. You know -- if it's 100 degrees outside in Key Biscayne, for instance, why not?"

thelma
03-03-2005, 10:26 PM
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Paradorn Srichaphan's father, Chanachai, has had heart problem that have prevented him from accompanying his son on tour since January, but he is in Pakistan this weekend coaching the Thai Davis Cup team. Playing the doubles for Thailand will be the Thai version of the Bryan brothers, twin brothers Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana, who last week won the Cherbourg Challenger...

Tennis magazine's Peter Bodo on John McEnroe: "His autobiography hit the top of the prestigious New York Times bestseller list, but "You Cannot Be Serious" did nothing for tennis and everything for John. Big Mac is an excellent commentator on tennis, but that's it -- at least as far as his contribution in the public forum goes (he does have a reputation for relatively generous private giving). And you have to wonder -- would John's commentary be considered so brilliant and indispensable if it were coming from, say, the mouth of a working television stiff rather than a celebrity?" We'd have to vote yes...

Goran Ivanisevic says if Croatia can beat the U.S., he can see them winning the Davis Cup: "The draw is not easy, but if we beat the States somehow, we can win the Davis Cup because we have a good draw after that. I told the team that they can win it all, but first they have to win this match. We could not ask for (tougher) first round opponents than the States, so we will see...

(Ivan) Ljubicic even gave (Andy) Roddick a very tough match the year Roddick won the US Open, so it's going to be interesting. I'm looking forward to it."...

The ITF will make a decision today, possibly forcing the Slovak team to re-lay it's surface after complaints by the visiting Spaniards for their Davis Cup match. "Our players say they have never played on a surface like this and the regulations state it should have been used at at least three other ATP tournaments," team coach Juan Avendano told sports daily Marca after filing a formal complaint over the quality of the indoor carpet court. "The surface appears different from all the others," added Avedano. "The players say that serves were impossible to return in training. No two balls bounce the same." Welcome to Davis Cup Slovak-style -- what did you expect, a high-bouncing red claycourt? The complaints in Spain center mainly on the plane (of the court...say that five-times fast)...

Andy Roddick on being a 17-year-old practice partner for Andre Agassi at the Davis Cup quarterfinals in 2000: "Well, there's a difference if he's hard on you and if he's treating you poorly. It's not poorly if you enjoy it. Definitely as a 17-year-old, he liked to ride me a little bit, but I loved it. It was kind of his way to see if I could overcome it a little bit, and I always had a blast with it."...

Roger Federer paid a surprise visit to children and institutions in the township of New Brighton near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Among several activities he planted a tree in memory of his visit and the partnership with the organization IMBEWU Community Volunteers. The partnership provides schooling and two meals a day for 30 children across three schools, providing them with uniforms and stationery as well as enabling them to take part in special activities, and also supports the running of the local IMBEWU office and has helped create three full-time jobs. "My objective is to share the luck I have experienced and make my own contribution towards a better world: "I was immediately fascinated by the idea of supporting this project in South Africa and being able to help these children build a future of their own. I have now had the chance to see for myself what the situation here is like and what impact this project has on the kids involved."...

Indian Wells wildcards will go to, on the women's side [b]Sesil Karatantcheva, Angela Haynes, Jamea Jackson, Alexa Glatch, Jessica Kirkland and Viktoriya Kutuzova, with two more to be announced, and on the men's side Mark Philippoussis, James Blake, Donald Young and Gael Monfils, with another to be determined...

17-year-old Andy Murray will become Britain's youngest Davis Cup player ever when he takes to the court in doubles this weekend...

Russia has chosen Mikhail Youzhny{/b], thought to be too injured to compete, for the singles this weekend against Chile...

[b]Rafael Nadal has been left out of the opening-day singles for Spain in their weekend tie against the Slovak Republic, with the team opting for Feliciano Lopez and Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco in singles, and Nadal and Al Costa in doubles...

Mark Philippoussis has become engaged to just-turned-18 model Alexis Barbara after a five-month romance. Remember that split with Delta Goodrem back then when Flipper said he wanted to concentrate on his tennis? Nice concentration...

Svetlana Kuznetsova[b] came to tears in her press conference talking about the recent doping allegations against her and the support she received from frequent doubles partner [b]Alicia Molik of Australia: "It's at times like these that you know who your friends are. I know Alicia from before. I have played with her many times. And when I had this thing, I just got a message from her. It was like 'Hey mate, don't worry. I will stand up for you.' It was just the best thing to happen to me at that time. I just don't have the words to express those feelings."...

John McEnroe will partner Cliff Drysdale to call the U.S. Davis Cup match for ESPN this weekend...

Wayne Ferreira will come out of retirement to play doubles for South Africa in their D-Cup zonal match against Germany.

thelma
03-04-2005, 06:33 PM
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The Bryan brothers put on a clinic for children at the Home Depot Center, site of the U.S. vs. Croatia Davis Cup tie, in addition to a two-on-one workout versus Andre Agassi...

Luke Jensen and Brad Gilbert will serve as sideline reporters for John McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale's commentating coverage for ESPN for the U.S. vs. Croatia tie...

Jennifer Capriati (shoulder surgery) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (knee injury) have officially pulled from Indian Wells...

Three lithographs commemorating the unique "showdown" between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi on the Burj Al Arab hotel helipad in Dubai are being auctioned as part of the ATP's on-going support for international children's aid agency UNICEF. Federer and Agassi have signed the lithographs, which are protected by the A-tag authentication chip and carry the official ATP logo. Bidding on the pieces began yesterday on ATPtennis.com and continues through Indian Wells, which begins next week and will feature a charity exhibition benefiting UNICEF...

From the Khaleej Times: "You almost feel sorry for the all the supermodels out there. Serena outclasses them in the looks department. She looks better in a skimpy swimsuit than a swimsuit model, and plays tennis better than any other woman on the planet." Also a reported favorite on the CD player in the Khaleej Times offices is Sir Mix-a-Lot: "I like big..."...

From TR.net: "U.S. Fed Cup coach Zina Garrison will bring an "A" team to their tie against Belgium, April 23-24 at the Delray Beach TC, but sources across the Atlantic tell TR.net that neither Kim Clijsters nor (Justine) Henin-Hardenne will play the tie, leaving captain Ivo Van Aken with Kristen Flipkens and Els Callens as his top guns. So much for a marquee match-up that Fed Cup fans have been waiting for years."...

And here's Matt Cronin of Tennisreporters.net bringing the hammer down on some of the competition: "Speaking of web sites, it was funny to see tennisweek.com try to re-break the Johnny Mac commentating for ESPN story this morning. Guys, if you didn't break the story, there's no reason to call a spokesman and say he/she 'told tennisweek probably, uh, yes.' ESPN itself had already had the story on its web site for hours (as did we). Best to put up more of Rich Pagliaro's insightful interviews and fewer "breaking" stories on hotels offering Paris packages...

While we are getting ourselves in hot water, a number of you have asked us to comment on Peter Bodo's new column on Tennis.com. We like Peter as a person, even though we strongly disagree with his take on whether real men hunt deer with rifles (they don't). His last book on tennis, "Courts of Babylon," is top five of all time. But the column? Some good, but a little much self-serving copy of Tennis Magazine. Why put up a column announcing you will be writing daily and then say you need another couple weeks to close an issue of the magazine and won't be filing daily? Doing exactly what? Re-writing captions on how to hit an overhead with your feet stuck in cement like Brenda Schultz? Re-hashing wire and web site copy for the front of the book?" -- Wow, hammertime, Cronin gets voted co-president of the International Tennis Writers Association and then starts swinging the hammer...

Serena Williams in Dubai: "It's getting used to this court and the balls, and each day I get better. I think it's going to come soon, but I'm not worried about not being No. 1 -- people assume that I am anyway." Serena may be ranked No. 2, but her ego is always No. 1 :rolleyes: :ras: she lost today ;)....

See if you can find the error in this Thursday Reuters headline: "Injured top players key in Spain v France tie"...

Spanish D-Cup captain Jordi Arrese after the ITF refused their request to re-lay the carpet surface at the Slovak Republic: "If it is in our interests, next time we are the hosts we will play the tie on the beach at Luanco because after what has happened here that is what I hope we can do. The surface at the International Tennis Centre (in Bratislava) is nothing like a hardcourt. No one plays on a surface like this anywhere."...

thelma
03-05-2005, 10:30 PM
NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Poppa and U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, telling the kids when they can leave the table at the first team dinner with Andre Agassi: "I usually say, 'If anyone wants to leave, go ahead.' We got to that point and nobody wanted to leave. Nobody stood up."...

India's Leander Paes has designed his own line of clothes, Dellta Leeg, he tells the Hindustan Times: "I have designed the ethnic formal attire that the Davis Cup team will wear at all the official functions. It is a traditional Nehru jacket with embroidery on the collars for embellishment. I spend a lot of time drawing on my Toshiba laptop. I graduated to it from an IBM one because it enhanced the resolution of graphics. In fact, my partner Ganesh and I spent more than an hour actually designing the caps for our collection. I guess it is the Gemini in me that helps me play various roles at one time." Says the Indian metro-sexual on his personal style: "I wear a stud in one ear and beads on my wrist. Fashion is after all an expression of a person's his inner self. For me, my personal style encompasses comfort, an ethnic, distinctly Indian identity, clean cuts and utility. If a shirt, treated with moisture wicking can remain as light after five sets, as it was in the beginning, it is a great buy."...

From Bud Collins, writing for MSNBC.com: "Considering the capriciousness of Davis Cup, Andre's presence doesn't guarantee champagne from the 105-year-old sterling tub Dec. 4 when the long campaign of four rounds concludes. But his body on court at Carson, Calif. (a Los Angeles suburb) the first weekend in March certainly enhances U.S. chances for a bright start against the Croats, 4-1 victors over the U.S. two years ago in Zagreb." Think again Bud...

Kim Clijsters writing on her website on the trip to Indian Wells: "It has been a while, but I'm abroad for a tournament! The jet lag is huge though and I'm absolutely exhausted, but it is great to experience it all again. Next week, I'll be playing the Indian Wells tournament and I wanted to be here early enough so I could adapt to the time difference. And to be playing outside, to the court as well. Also I'm increasing my training sessions easily so I don't need put any unnecessary pressure on the wrist."

thelma
03-07-2005, 01:39 AM
NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

Argentina's Davis Cup win means they next travel to Australia to play on grass, with perhaps a repeat of the fireworks at the Aussie Open between Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Ignacio "The Spitter" Chela and David Nalbandian: "It will be very difficult against Australia. They will be on their usual surface. The only advantage we will have is that we will play after the grasscourt season," Argentine captain Alberto Mancini said...

Spain is saying they were screwed in their first-round Davis Cup loss to the Slovak Republic, with the Slovaks putting them on a fast indoor court that was uneven, according to the Spaniards: "We want to make sure that the rules are changed so that situations like this don't occur again and we will be working to change them immediately," said Spanish Tennis Federation President Pedro Munoz. "This sort of thing damages the Davis Cup, the spectacle and the fans. We all know that this was irregular." As it's irregular when teams travel to Spain to play on the slowest-of-slow red clay mudbogs? Quit yer cryin', suck it up...

Serena Williams used her clout to get the WTA Tour to stop using the Tretorn balls deployed in Dubai and at the WTA Championships, the same balls that Serena says forced her to retire this week in the Dubai semifinals with an arm injury: "All the players had a big debate about it so I'm not the only one suffering. We agreed not to use these balls after the Championships any more...I was, like, there was no way we're going to use these balls."...

Andre Agassi on his opening-day performance for the U.S. Davis Cup team, getting his ass handed to him by the en-fuego Ivan Ljubicic: "I got what I deserved out there. It was a painful performance. I was pretty uncomfortable from the get-go...

I was useless, to be quite honest, as far as being clear on what was going on out there. On top of it, Ljubicic is playing good. I needed that match to continue for another hour before I would have settled in, and that would have required me to win the second set, then maybe things would have shaped up a little bit."...

Britain took a surprising 2-1 lead in their zonal tie against Israel when rookies Andrew Murray and David Sherwood beat the experienced Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(5)...

Andy Roddick on playing the Ugly American against Mario Ancic -- pointing, pumping his fist, strutting and slinging obscenities at the Croatian: "I just had to let it go. A couple of times in the past six months I've kept it in a little, even tried to make the adjustment. But that's not who I am. Especially in Davis Cup, it's a little more accepted to lose your mind."...

Andy Roddick will appear on the Jay Leno Show on Monday.

thelma
03-08-2005, 01:41 AM
NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS:

Dutch Davis Cup captain Tjerk Bogtstra on Martin "Berzerk" Verkerk, who has been out with an extended injury: "He still has his shoulder problems and progress hasn't been too good. I hope I'll be able to use him (in the next tie) but I'm not sure yet."...

From Charlie "Brick" Bricker's Sunday tennis column in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "The reason MaliVai Washington is not pairing with Cliff Drysdale on the telecast of the U.S.-Croatia Davis Cup tie, which finishes today, is because his contract ran out at the end of 2004. ESPN wanted him back, but they never agreed on terms."...

Props to ESPN for tossing the Sunday U.S. Davis Cup singles live on that wasteland of old boxing reruns, ESPN Classic -- better that than nothing, or "ESPN U"...

Lleyton Hewitt may be fined by the ITF for wearing a lime-green sleeveless shirt during his Davis Cup singles win on Friday. The 2005 Davis Cup rules state that players from all 16 World Group nations must either wear national colors or have the name of their country on their uniform :eek:...

"Grinning" Greg Rusedski on leading Britain to a win over Israel in Davis Cup zonal play and another shot at the World Group Qualifying round: "I came in here with the pressure and expectation that had I not won both my matches things might have been different. But I played the big points very well, I never dropped serve and I was extremely convincing. I got better in every set and that was a very positive thing for me today. We have got the match we want now and have a step to get back into the world's Top 16. That is exciting because we have six months for the younger players to come on and hopefully there will be even more new faces on the team in September."...

Andrei Pavel on Romania coming back from 1-2 points down to beat Belarus Sunday: "This was a performance to compare with the great wins by Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac. Even if I had believed before the match that we could win, I would not be able to believe quite what happened today." Easy Andrei, you just beat Belarus, 2nd year in the World Group, not Spain...

Germany tried their best to choke away their tie with South Africa, leading 2-0 going into the doubles when Athens Olympic silver medalists Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler lost to South Africans Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie in straight sets. Then on Sunday Tommy Haas lost to Moodie 10-8 in the fifth before Schuettler defeated Wayne Ferreira in straight sets. Wayne must have been thinking 'What the F? I was supposed to be coming out of retirement to play the doubles, not get some actual exercise, put on the spot for the deciding fifth rubber after I've been sitting on the couch eating Oreos for the last couple months."...

So let's decide who needs to get the axe for laying that super-slow hardcourt in the U.S.-Croatia Davis Cup tie that worked against Andre Agassi's game and helped Ivan Ljubicic's serve more than Andy Roddick's? What a monstrous miscalculation there...

Props to ESPN for scrolling the results of the U.S. doubles tie on Saturday during the tape replay, nice one...

WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott on the potential merger of the ATP and WTA somewhere down the road, as reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "No one is so naive as to think it can be done now. But there are conversations going on, and maybe I've promoted those conversations a bit...

I would be interested in is bringing the tours together. I believe that would be a great step for the sport, whether it's as a joint venture or a complete merger. And I think I have a unique perspective, having been in both organizations."...

Most Painful Davis Cup Headline goes to the L.A. Times: "Roddick Reminds Us Again That He's Good but Not Great"...

Ivan Ljubicic is 6-0 vs. U.S. players in Davis Cup play, and said after his win Sunday he received a visit in the locker room: "After the match, Andre (Agassi) came in our locker room and he said that he was privileged to watch this match, and (said) enjoy these moments -- enjoy this moment because it doesn't last forever. I really appreciate that from him and I think he's a great person."...

30-year-old San Diegan (San Diegoan? San Diegoanianian? Whatever) Anne Mall was awarded an Indian Wells wildcard into the women's qualifying, continuing the wave of oldsters coming back to pro tennis inspired by Martina Navratilova.

amarantha
03-08-2005, 10:42 AM
thanks Thelma!!