Davenport WTA Tour Comeback in the Works
by Richard Vach | July 17th, 2007, 3:07 pm
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Looks like former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport could set more tennis records in the near future — like shortest retirement.

Less than two months after delivering her son Jagger, Davenport will return to the court to play World TeamTennis on July 21. And after that? Don’t rule out a return to WTA Tour events, says Davenport.

“I never thought that I would — things changed so much,” Davenport said in a conference call for the World TeamTennis league. “I never thought, first of all, I’d be coming back so soon. It’s been so much fun kind of preparing for it. Just been hitting with my husband to get ready. It’s been great, great getting back in shape.”

While she won’t commit to a time frame, the American is clearly excited to be hitting balls again and possibly testing herself against the world’ best.
 
“It’s something kind of like a small goal in the back of my mind I’m working towards,” Davenport said. “You know, as it went in the later part of my pregnancy, I thought if I stay healthy, it would be just great to be able to come back and play some as a mother. Hopefully things continue to go well and that can be possible.”  

Davenport added that no, her son’s name is not a nod to Mick and the Stones.

“It has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones, although people think that,” Davenport said. “You know, it was just a name we gravitated towards. We did not know what we were having the whole pregnancy. For whatever reason, we thought we were having a girl. We were always really discussing girl names. When he came out, we found out it was a boy, we hadn’t really discussed the possibility of anything other than a girl, so we went with the name that we had liked for the last few years.”

And on the new challenges of motherhood?

“The challenge I think for me is about trying to like balance everything,” Davenport said. “I totally understand now the working mom’s guilt. If I go out and practice, I feel bad about leaving him. If I’m home trying to do stuff, I feel bad cleaning up the house or whatever. It’s an interesting challenge there.”

If the comeback materializes, Davenport says it will be due to the support of her husband Jon.

“He thinks it’s great,” Davenport said. “He’s totally encouraging me to do whatever I want. Obviously it would be tougher on him because he’d be without me and the baby for stretches at a time. He thinks it’s exciting. The thing that really intrigues me about playing is the Olympics next year, trying to go back maybe obviously as a mother and see how that pans out.”

Currently only Venus and Serena Williams are Americans ranked in the Top 50 with shots at winning a tournament title (or winning Fed Cup matches, as exemplified last weekend). For fan’s of American women’s tennis, Davenport’s return can’t come soon enough.


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9 Comments for Davenport WTA Tour Comeback in the Works

funches Says:

As clean as Davenport hits the ball, she would get back into the top 10 easily if she returned full-time and could reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open this year.


Skorocel Says:

Pitty that Davenport was such an underachiever… For me the only American (except Seles, but that’s not a natural-born US citizen) with no scandals on and off the court, always fair and friendly towards her opponents and also to the fans… She could’ve easily won at least twice the amount of Slams she’s won without those injuries… Good luck, Lindsay!


SANDY Says:

I THINK LINDSAY WOULD BE A TOP TEN PLAYER WITHIN NO TIME.. BUT MY ONLY CONCERN IS HER MOVEMENT.. AFTER DELIVERING THE BABY I HAVE DOUBT ABOUT HER MOBILITY… AND WE ALL KNOW THAT SHE’S NOT THE GREATEST MOVER ON THE COURT..
BUT IM SURE WHEN SHE COMES BACK ON THE COURT, SHE’LL BE FRESH AND IM SURE SHE’LL BE UP TO THE CHALLENGE… BECAUSE WHEN SHE STEPS UP TO THAT BALL I DONT THINK THERE’S ANYBODY WHO COULD MATCH WITH HER CLEAN DEEP FLAT HITTING ON THE TENNIS COURT.. SINCE SHE DOESNT HAVE ANY PRESSURE ON HER, I THINK SHE WOULD WIN ANOTHER GRAND SLAM… MAY BE IM PUSHING IT TOO MUCH, BUT I HAVE CONFIDENCE LINDSAY GOING OT SAIL THROUGH… “GO LINDSAY”…. KEEP THAT AMERICAN FLAG FLYING…


Nikki Beaumont Says:

GO FOR IT LINSEY. GOD GAVE YOU THE TALENT, DON’T LET HIM DOWN, DON’T LET YOURSELF DOWN, AND DON’T LET US DOWN.

NIKKI

Congratulations on Jabber! Great name.


beerme Says:

Jabber?


CV. Says:

It will be the BEST THING for women tennis.
Her Ladylike and Dignified deportment on and off
the court will be a WELCOMED RETURN.
RIGHT ON LINDSAY. We await your return with baited breath.
I hope cooperate America will give her the
endorsements she desreves. How can you promote a russian over your own ? Wake up guys!!!!!


Skorocel Says:

CV., your question is easy to answer… Shriekapova simply generates more bucks – that’s all! But that’s how it goes in the US, isn’t it? The bottom line – always the money…


Bam! Says:

Hey Richard,

Do you and tennis-x plan to rip the Europeans for playing on clay while the hardcourt season is underway or is tennis-x just a bash the Americans for skipping Monte Carlo kind of place? I was just wondering. :-)


Richard Vach Says:

Hey Bam!

Ya know, naturally you want to, but if I was Rafael Nadal and invincible on clay and there were a few clay events left before the US Open…I’d probably play them too. Instead I’ll blame the ATP for a mess of a calendar that ALLOWS the Euros to play clay during the lead-up to the US Open. Just as everyone should be in Europe (or at least playing on clay) leading up to the French, everyone should be in the U.S. (or at least in Europe playing on hardcourt) leading up to the US Open. Fix the calendar.

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