Notes: Sharapova Illegally Coached to US Open Title

Posted on September 10, 2006

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Donald Young
lost to unseeded Canadian Peter Polansky in the US Open boy's event...From Xinhua: "Defending champion [Rafael] Nadal of Spain will have to quit the 500,000 U.S. dollars China Open ATP tournament due to ankle injury, organizers announced here on Saturday. "I feel so sorry that I was unable to make it in China as I injured my ankle, which accounted for my loss in the U.S. Open quarter-finals," the 20-year-old tennis upstart said in an email sent to all Chinese fans. "In order to return to the court as soon as possible, I need to take a rest. I will come back to China in November and enjoy China Open next year," added the Spaniard, who set up a record of 44-straight red clay win this year."...Roger Federer on finding his relaxed on-court demeanor: "The first kind of moment for me was like when I played I think in -- I think it was '99, I played in Marseille. I beat [Carlos] Moya, 4 in the world. I was 300. I remember I lost in the quarters and I was like -- I had tough matches, but I was so exhausted after two matches that I had no hope in the quarters, you know. I was like, I got to somehow relax a little bit. Took me years after that to finally understand that I had to. Like I said, more press conference ago, like it took me to smash a racquet in Hamburg to finally get my act together. Finally I did. I'm happy and it paid off."...From the American media trying to coach Andy Roddick on his match against Roger Federer, in his post-match conference after beating Mikhail Youzhny: "Q. A lot of Roddick fans would like to see more of Andy Roddick coming in behind his first serve against Federer, knocking off some of those block returns he hits. Are we going to see more of that tomorrow? Roddick: I don't know. I haven't talked to the boss yet. We'll see."...Props to CBS Sports for highlighting the hilarious coaching going on between Maria Sharapova and her coach Michael Joyce. Does Joyce tell her when to go to the bathroom too?...Justine Henin-Hardenne was 1-3 in Slam finals in 2006...On Sunday Roger Federer will attempt to join John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl as the third man in the Open Era to capture three consecutive US Open titles...Was Mikhail Youzhny wearing Fila earlier in the week, then suddenly wearing adidas Saturday at the US Open?...Will former Andre Agassi coach Darren Cahill pass on coaching another player to help stay at home and pull Tennis Australia out of the basement of pro tennis?...Is that American Alexa Glatch on the other side of the court in the Maria Sharapova "I Feel Pretty" commercial?...From the AP: "Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten has been named to Brazil's Davis Cup team for its match against Sweden on Sept. 22-24 in a World Group playoff. Kuerten missed Brazil's 4-0 win over Ecuador in April because of a hip injury, and his presence in the match against Sweden was in doubt because of a recent right thigh injury. "I talked a lot with [Kuerten] and I feel he is in condition to play," Captain Fernando Meligeni said. Kuerten, who turns 30 on Sunday, returned to practice only 20 days ago. "I'm very happy, this was not in my plans until recently," Kuerten said. "I'll give my best, it's an important match for Brazil." Brazil is trying to return to the World Group for the first time since 2003."...Jimmy Connors: "Federer certainly is the No. 1 player, but there's a third name now in the mix, which is the way it should be: Nadal, Federer and now Roddick."...From William Houston writing for Canada's Globe and Mail: "When TSN chose football over tennis on Thursday night, viewers were denied live coverage of the U.S. Open's marquee match -- No. 1 seed Roger Federer against American James Blake in the men's quarter-final. What rankled tennis fans even more was that the National Football League season opener happened to be available on NBC."...From The Sunday Telegraph: "Australia's Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald flew out of New York [Friday] night without a commitment by Lleyton Hewitt to play in Argentina. Steve Wood, chief executive of Tennis Australia, met Hewitt's management in New York after Hewitt's four-set defeat by Andy Roddick on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the US Open. TA needs an answer from Hewitt by Monday, with the team to be named in Melbourne on Tuesday. The player is wary of bearing the brunt of a vitriolic Argentine public in the semi-final in Buenos Aires. "There's no decision yet. It seems he's still undecided," said Wood, who has tried in recent weeks to allay Hewitt's concerns with a detailed security plan. But Fitzgerald said he had been reassured Hewitt would be available for the tie, which starts in Buenos Aires on Friday week with Argentina heavy favourites."