Serena Back in Action; Davydenko Ready to Sue ATP
by Staff | September 29th, 2008, 10:53 pm


AIG Japan Open
TOKYO, Japan

Men’s Seeds: David Ferrer, Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzalez, Richard Gasquet, Juan Martin del Potro, Tommy Robredo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mikhail Youzhny

Women’s Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Jie Zheng, Maria Kirilenko, Kaia Kanepi, Shahar Peer, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Aleksandra Wozniak

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Seeds: Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva, Agnieszka Radwanska

Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

Seeds: Shuai Peng, Olga Govortsova, Sorana Cirstea, Sabine Lisicki, Magdalena Rybarikova, Monica Niculescu, Akgul Amanmuradova, Galina Voskoboeva

Open de Moselle
METZ, France

Seeds: Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Simon, Nicolas Almagro, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Dmitry Tursunov, Andreas Seppi, Radek Stepanek, Mario Ancic


China Open

No. 2 seed Andy Roddick puts down a surprisingly-resistant unseeded Dudi Sela of Israel 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 for his third title of the year. Roddick also announced he would donate $25,000 of his prize money to the Chinese Tennis Association (CTA) to support in assisting those who suffered in the catastrophic earthquake in the Sichuan Province. Sela was the first Israeli to reach an ATP singles final since Harel Levy at Nottingham in 2001, and was attempting to become the first title winner since Amos Mansdorf at 1993 Washington.

“To beat Ferrer, Robredo and Schuettler — it’s tough to chalk that up as a coincidence,” Roddick said of Sela. “He was definitely playing well this week and I thought he played well today also. I knew in the back of my mind that I was playing in my 40th final and he was in his first one, so I knew that had to count for something.”

In the women’s final top-seeded Jelena Jankovic easily defeated the title-phobic Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2, for her second crown of the year. The Russian Kuznetsova drops to 9-17 lifetime in finals, losing 10 of her last 11, 0-5 in 2008.

“I’m disappointed,” Kuznetsova said. “I wasn’t moving to the ball or doing the right things on the court. I love playing here, so it was disappointing to not play well in the final. But she played well today. She was consistent as always. I think we both played better in Tokyo, but she played better than me today.”

Thailand Open
BANGKOK, Thailand

French riser Jo-Wilfried Tsonga picked up on the promise he showed earlier this season during the weekend in Bangkok, ousting top-seeded Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 6-4 for his first-ever ATP title. The 23-year-old Tsonga made his return from knee surgery at the US Open after a three month absence. The win avenged a defeat at the hands of Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January.

“Jo wisely used his opportunities and deserved to win his first title,” Djokovic said. “I played a bit too defensively today in the final. You have to use your opportunities and I didn’t. It’s unfortunate to lose in the final but I lost to a great player so I have no regrets. Congratulations to Jo and his team on his first ATP title. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of him in the future.”

Hansol Korea Open
SEOUL, Korea

Russian Maria Kirilenko upheld her top seeding to collect her third title of the year Sunday in Seoul, coming from a set down to defeat unseeded Aussie Sam Stosur 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Stosur dropped to 0-4 lifetime in tour singles finals.

“The momentum switched around,” Stosur said. “I got passive with the way I was playing and she stepped it up and became more aggressive. It continued through 4-0 in the third. I knew I had to stop it. I started stepping up and going for it more, being more aggressive and taking some time away from her. And I got myself back in the match, but she played well at the end to finish it.”


DAVYDENKO WANTS CASH: Nikolay Davydenko’s lawyer says the ATP has refused a settlement request, and the Davydenko camp is putting together a plan to sue the ATP. The Russian has reportedly lost millions of Euros over the last year-plus as sponsorship talks were dropped in addition to under-the-table tournament appearance fees. Seven million dollars were waged on the questioned match where Davydenko retired in the third set against a much-lower ranked opponent.

MISC: Jelena Jankovic is apparently dating a Montenegro water polo player she met while at the Beijing Olympics. If you can’t get hooked at the Olympic Village, you can’t get hooked anywhere…John McEnroe beat Henri Leconte in the seniors Luxembourg final…Jim Courier beat Todd Martin in the senior final at Charlotte…29-year-old Thai Paradorn Srichaphan says he is eying a switch to motorsports competition if his tennis comeback from injury does not work out…Mardy Fish was married over the weekend, with his buddy Andy Roddick oddly missing the event to play a tournament in Asia…From Neil Harman of the Times Online: “Neither Roddick nor Fish may know this but it was hugely noticeable at the recent US Open that American newspapers do not find their own ‘major’ quite the tournament it used to be. Many have stopped sending reporters to cover it. The British contingent (not as large as it once was) are located in a row in the press room at Flushing Meadows usually occupied by the likes of the evocatively named Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Orange County Register, Oakland Tribune and San Diego Union-Tribune. There were lots of unoccupied seats this year. The Dallas paper stopped sending long ago, as did Philadelphia, and Dale Robertson, a great character from the Houston Chronicle, paid his own way to spend four days at Wimbledon this year “‘coz I just can’t get along without it.”

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37 Comments for Serena Back in Action; Davydenko Ready to Sue ATP

Von Says:

“The better part of valour is discretion”. -

It would be wise if Davydenko were to leave his current situation alone. He’s being inordinately foolhardy suing the ATP and is somewhat pushing it, as he’ll probably end up losing more in the long run. He should be thankful that his name is cleared and that should in itself be enough equitable remedy. The saying ‘you can’t fight City Hall’ rings true here, because if he isn’t absolutely squeaky clean in every aspect of his tennis relations, he can be assured of one thing that the ATP sill leave no stone unturned in their defense. Davydenko would be wise to just walk away and let this one slide. sometimes the end does not justify the means.

Jaycee Says:

Davydenko sue the ATP? that’s like a Microsoft employee suing Bill Gates. Just walk away Nik. walk away.
“The greatest victory is the battle never fought.” -ancient Chinese proverb

zola Says:

That’s a beautiful picture of Serena.

It will be interesting if Davydenko actually proceeds with suing ATP. I am sure ATP did its best to find something against Davydenko in that betting case. The fact that they could not find anything convincing can make the difference in Davydenko’s case. It is true that his reputation was questioned for a while that could have resulted in lost sponsorship.

Interestingly Davydenko was also the target of another questionable ATP move, the $2000 fine for “lack of effort” when he couldn’t serve last year.

***Mardy Fish was married over the weekend,****
congrats to MArdy Fish!

********From Neil Harman of the Times Online: “Neither Roddick nor Fish may know this but it was hugely noticeable at the recent US Open that American newspapers do not find their own ‘major’ quite the tournament it used to be.****
now that’s interesting! From next year the TV coverage will also suffer when it will be split between ESPN and tennis channel!

gulu Says:

Davydenko has every right 2 fight injustice,if any,has been done to him. I’d support him in this regard. How can we expect him to sit quiet if d matter’s worth a few million $ !

gulu Says:

Moreover nobody has d right 2 criticise Davydenko or make fun of him unless he’s proved guilty.

gulu Says:

Extremely happy 2 know dat Fish has
finally fallen into his lady’s trap! God bless d newly married Fish!

pam Says:

I think the lack of press at tennis events is a result of cost cutting by the papers rather than a lack of interest. It is much cheaper to buy from a news service than to send a reporter. Newspaper readership is down and publishers have to save money somewhere.

I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies Says:

in other breaking news, tennis fans sue davydenko for wasting valuable oxygen and court space.

Chip N Charge Says:

I am surprised to hear so many say that Davydenko has no right to or should be wary of suing the ATP. I guess that is easy to say when it is not your sponsorship revenue and reputation that has been damaged. So many people, like the ATP, assumed Nikolay was guilty until proven innocent. And, for that, they should be held accountable. No one can say he is not due retribution for the damage done. I support Davydenko in whatever he decides. His competitive spirit and hard work has earned him that for sure.

Andrew Miller Says:

Who’s beautiful? Maria Kirilenko, that is who!

Not that (oink) it’s nice to say or do, but I have to express the opinion that Miss Kirilenko is a stunner. I am glad she won b/c I like how she plays – not quite enough weapons to win the big tournaments, but a solid game.

Von Says:


I was watching live streaming yesterday, and apparently from the ticker on the side, Kirilenko was injured in her match. I think Andreev you’ll have to compete with andreev for Kirilenko. :P

Von Says:

I’m not saying Davydenko doesn’t have the right to sue the ATP, I’m saying it’s best to walk away in these situations, regardless of whether you’re right or wrong, because the repercussions are at times, not worth the stress. The ATP will claim they were acting within the scope of their duty, which they were, and in that case, who can stop them. They will claim it’s their right to investigate anyone or anything that appears suspicious to them. The ATP cleared Davydenko, and I suppose in their minds the incident should be forgotten. When a person or small entity sues a large corporation/organization, etc., there will be repercussions and retaliation, and if Davy thinks it was bad for him during his investigation, then he’d better be prepared for a lot more unpleasantness that will ensue from his lawsuit. I sincerely hope he has the mental fortitude to handle whatever comes up along the way.

NachoF Says:

Davydenko has always seemed to me like he cares more about money than tennis

zola Says:

Hey NachoF,
How is everything?
here is one more tip from my friend about Miami:
Championship Series Package is for the entire tournament – Stadium Court and the others. That is what I had when I went to Miami

I have no particular opinion on Davydenko. He has been consistent enough to be in the top for a very long time. I don’t know about that betting incident and so far ATP has come up short with any proof against Davydenko. I think the whole tennis betting should be stopped.

Chip and Charge
***So many people, like the ATP, assumed Nikolay was guilty until proven innocent…***
Davydenko suddenly became a very easy target. On top of the betting charges, he was fined for “lack of effort” too and that was ridiculus. ATP cast a shadow on Davydenko’s reputation as a tennis player with some unsubstantiated accusations. If Davydenko can get some of the damage back, good for him.

Andrew Miller,
you made me google Maria Kirilenko and yes, she is a beauty. here is my find:

I think Ana Ivanovic is also stunning. She reminds me a bit of Ingrid Bergman. Nicole Vaidisova, Anna Chakvetadze….

Safina is not a beauty queen, but I like her face a lot. It is very youthful and fresh.

gulu Says:

I m always happy when Maria Kirilenko wins. But why? Coz she smiles when she wins n when she smiles she’s the most beautiful ! She’s a serene beauty,a calm character. I really wish her all the best! May she be always happy n keep smilin !

lucy Says:

Serena Williams is attractive and talented muscular not oink (fat) athlete. I’m speaking out because no matter what the WILLIAM’s sisters do i only read negative comments on thiw website. I wonder why? Andrew Miller please submit to us your picture so we will know what ugly farm animal you look like!!!!

zola Says:

Serena is definitely not oink! She has a very graceful face and she is very feminine. She and Venus have kept the USA womens tennis alive. But I don’t think this board is anti-Serena just because of one comment. There have been positive and negative comments about her just like every other player.

Bojan Says:

Serena lost to Na Li and will lose her no.1 ranking from next Monday. She will be replaced by Jelena Jankovic who doesn’t even need to win a match in Stuttgart to reagain no.1.

MMT Says:

Davydenko should absolutely sue the ATP for their obscene witch hunt and pathetic attempt to look “tough” and make him the scapegoat for a problem they have ignored for years.

It’s incredible that a (former) players union could be so abjectly unjust towards one of their own, when it is obvious that these scoundrels at Betfair simply wanted an excuse for closing the betting on a match they stood to lose big on. Pure and simple greed. In fact, he should sue Betfair too.

I think it’s disgraceful to suggest that he should he happy that he was exonerated. If I may say so, that’s pure poppycock. This man has been investigated more than Nixon, and what in the world did they find? Nothing, nada, zilch, zippo…you get the picture.

He even cooperated with an investigation that included requests for the phone records of his wife and family. I mean, was he selling nuclear secrets or playing tennis in a crap match, at a crap tournament, with these unscrupulous charlatans at Betfair using him as cover to void their own huge losses. Befair ought to be renamed, “Betfair As Long As the House always Wins.” Absolute scum, they are.

And as for that lack of effort code violation from Jean-Philippe Dercq, and the subsequent fine by the ATP – I think the UMPIRE should be fined for calling into question the man’s integrity based purely on rumors and innuendo. Mr. Dork…I mean Mr. Dercq should get his bony arse out of that chair, try serving 200 times a day for 200 days a year, and see how his emaciated shoulder and back feel. What a weasel.

Players tank sets all the time in matches, and nobody says anything, but let this poor bastard thrown in a couple of double faults, and suddenly he’s being fined? The whole lot of them ought to empty their pockets, so I say sue ‘em all until hell freezes over. I would start with Betfair, move onto the ATP, and finish with that insufferable wannabe player, Mr. Dork.

The more I think about this man’s plight, the more upset I get. It’s a disgrace.

For those of you who are ill-informed – the fine was rescinded on appeal without explanation – I’ll give you the explanation, the violation and the fine were malarkey.

Not only did these jack-balls spend huge sums of money to pursue an unjust case against Davydenko, but they cost him millions as well as something else that, it has become abundantly clear from some of the messages in this thread, he will unjustly never regain: his reputation.

Arthur Ashe would be ashamed of the ATP, and so am I.

Skorocel Says:

MMT said:

“Davydenko should absolutely sue the ATP for their obscene witch hunt and pathetic attempt to look “tough” and make him the scapegoat for a problem they have IGNORED FOR YEARS.”


Very true! Match fixing (in ANY sport) is there from the day the first betting agency began existing, but they (for some unknown reason) “didn’t” know about anything until summer 2006… But now that they’ve found some straw to catch at, you can suddenly see them fining players like Starace, Bracciali, or Mertinak (understand scapegoats) for some hilarious 5 EUR betting… What a joke!

Anyway, I must say that I’m still not quite sure whether that match in Poland was 100 % allright or not – simply because 7 millions of wages within a short period of time is a bit suspicious for me… Btw, what did you mean by saying “It’s incredible that a (former) players union could be so abjectly unjust towards one of their own, when it is obvious that these scoundrels at Betfair simply wanted an excuse for closing the betting on a match they stood to lose big on. Pure and simple greed.”? Do you really think those 7 millions were nothing unusual and that the Betfair was simply afraid of losing such big money? I guess it’s a normal thing among the betting agencies to cancel the betting on a suspicious match – at least here in Slovakia certainly…

Skorocel Says:


I should say “summer 2007″, of course.

Skorocel Says:

Btw, Fed has just canceled his participation in the Stockholm tourney, citing (probably?) fatigue. A very wise move from the Swiss in my opinion…

rafan Says:

Roger “I’ve Had Mono You Know” Federer pulled out of Stockholm, bringing up his battle with (can you guess it?) yes, mono AGAIN. What else is new? It’s getting so very old, Rog. Yeah we know why you lost – that friggin’ mono really got the best of you at the FO, Wimby, Toronto, Cincy, Beijing. Somehow you were all better in Halle, though, huh? I’m sure you’d jump at the chance to site your US Open win as proof that you’re quite simply an amazing champion – one that can win a Grand Slam in September – after having mono early on in the year! Please. Enough.

jane Says:

Regarding Roger’s relapse / withdrawal, I read the following just now @ “The Press Association”

“”I feel fortunate to be healthy again, but I want to remain at the top of the game for many more years to come and go after the number one ranking again.”

Federer, 27, added he is not sure when he will return to the ATP Tour, but hopes to be back before the end of the year. ”

Does this mean he’ll be out for a while? When I read the two postings above I assumed he’d just withdrawn from Stockholm, but the above quote implies that it may be longer. I am going to search around for more information.

jane Says:

At BBC Sport I read this:

Roger said “I need to get a proper rest and get strong again so that I am 100% fit for the remainder of the year or next year.

“At this point, I am not sure when I will be ready to play again, but I hope to be back at some point before the end of the year.”

Clearly these two quotes imply he may be out for as much as the rest of the year, although he said he hopes to return “at some point before the end of the year.”

I can’t find anything that clarifies whether in fact it is a relapse of the mono or whether he’s just feeling fatigued. I hope he at least plays the MS events and the Masters Cup. On the other hand, if it is a relapse, then now is a good time to take the rest he didn’t early on this year, so he can start 2009 fresh and healthy. We know already his priorities will be slams, though he does say he wants the number 1 ranking back in the pressers related to today’s withdrawal.

NachoF Says:

hey zola, thanks for giving me even more info… I looked the Championship package and even though I would love to get those, the price (700$ -1000$) seems a little extreme compared to what I have already found…. I would be willing to pay that for Wimbledon or something like that.. but for the Sony Ericsson Open it might just be a little but too much for my student budget :)

Noel Says:

The pa quote you have provided doesn’t seem to suggest a relapse because he felt “fortunate to be healthy again” although it appears a strange sort of withdrawal.I hope it is nothing more than fatigue.Secondly,Madrid seems to have been ruled out and possibly Basel as well.I am really surprised by this decision because the former is a mandatory event and I don’t know if he has ever skipped Basel before.”Before the end of the year” could imply Paris and Shanghai or only Shanghai.
Although I won’t be unduly concerned about it if it is part of some larger R&R plan,the statement about getting back the top rank really confuses me unless he plans/hopes to get it back very late in 2009 or even in 2010.If the top rank is his goal(I am not going into the merits or even the feasibility),he must start collecting as many points as possible in a part of the season where he has traditionally done better than his rivals.He needs to get back the top rank and stay number one for around one more year to break Pete’s record and the sooner he does it,the better because getting/retaining that top rank is going to be increasingly difficult with the ever-rising and improving competition.

zola Says:

I think the package you have found is great. I am sure you will have lots of fun. I heard that Rafa and Fed like to practice a few hours before their matches. So you might even see Fed on the practice court!

gulu Says:

Hi Zola! How are you? Hope, you are cool. Which tournaments are you following keenly these days? Well, I m more concerned about Tokyo open.

zola Says:

hey gulu….!
I am fine. Thanks for asking.
Tokyo seems to be a good one to follow. Ferrer vs DP should be interesting. Also Roddick vs Troicki.
I also like Moya in Metz. He is incredible for a 32-year old. I like his chances. Of course he has to get past Tursunov first.
I also like Safina to win another tournament!

but altogether, I can’t wait for Madrid to start!

How are you doing? Its good that Fed took some time off. I can’t imagine how they can play week in and week out, travelling from one country to another. What other sport is like that? I don’t know how Roddick and Ferrer can play two more tournaments after playing DC.must be very hard on their bodies, but I guess a Shanghai participation makes it worthwhile.

jane Says:


Yes it is puzzling, very mysterious. I agree with those who think the R&R plan is a good, and maybe much-needed, one. You’re right that he does say he’s “healthy again” so it mustn’t be the mono coming back. I was surprised about the number 1 comment too, in that I assumed Roger’s highest priority going forward would be winning a couple more slams to surpass Pete’s record. He’s always made it very clear that he intends to break that record, as soon as he had it in sight. So I didn’t think he’d worry too much about smaller events and even ranking (he’s going to stay at the top anyhow if he wins a slam or two for the next couple of years) so why would it matter to get back number 1? I think your post clarifies that: it’s yet another record he’d like to break. And if he takes the rest he needs hopefully he won’t break anything he doesn’t want to in the process! ;-)

grendel Says:

Jane, it’s not “yet another record he’d like to break” – after the 14 slams, or rather 15,it’s THE record he wants to break – and with good reason, since my guess is that this is by far the 2nd most prestigious of the records so far as the players are concerned.

It’s hard to see him doing it. If he does, this will settle a lot of arguments, I suspect, as to just to why Federer has been where he has, this season. None of us really know.

One way of interpreting Fed’s comments in conjunction with his withdrawal from Stockholm and other tourneys is: rightly or wrongly, Federer is convinced that the mono, whilst apparently cleared up a long time ago, nevertheless severely disrupted his training program; he wishes to make a completely fresh start in the New Year. The only reason he would be insistent on doing this, so far as I can see, is that he wants to make a determined assault on the #1 position. Given the points situation, which is not good from Fed’s point of view, this has to be quite a long range goal. Therefore, absolute fitness is paramount. That’s how I see it, anyway.

jane Says:


Okay so you’ve re-prioritized my point from “another” to “THE”.

He needs to be at number 1 for another year (or close to that according to Noel – not sure how many more weeks he needs to beat Pete) to break the record. As Noel said, that’s going to be tough, given the rising competition, etc. Your point is he’ll need to be supremely fit to do it. Makes sense.

Rest and training seem the right plan then.

grendel Says:

“Okay so you’ve re-prioritized my point from “another” to “THE”. ” – well, Jane, that makes it sound like I’m nit picking. But if I’m right about how the players regard these records, then the distinction is crucial. And yes, it’s 50 weeks, to be exact.

My point is of no interest – just common sense, as you say. But what is important is Federer’s view – and, bearing in mind in particular a long article by one of his fitness trainers (someone posted it on, can’t remember date), this seems to be that Fed’s training program is worked out with exquisite attention to detail; this was severely disrupted by the mono, which in turn had a big impact on how he played.

You may not buy into any of this, of course – but that is not the point. Federer buys into it, it seems, and this, therefore, probably accounts for his taking time off the tour.

By this time next year, we should have a pretty good idea whether Federer was right, or deluded.

jane Says:

Grendel, I didn’t mean to make it sound like you were nit-picking; I did use the word “re-prioritize” deliberately, meaning, you’ve pointed out it’s more important that just another record to Roger by calling it “THE” record.

I am looking forward to next year; a lot hangs in the balance. Will Roger come back his “old self”? Will Rafa hold onto number 1 all year? Will Djoko come back refreshed? Will Murray, or even Del Portro, win a slam? Will Roddick make another run at some hard court titles? Or grass? Etc…

I have no idea re: Fed. It does seem, however, that he’s always been exceptionally fit and injury-free. So it could follow that the mono did throw off his entire balance and season. On the other hand, I thought in 07 there were signs of a slight downturn in his game, more shanks and the like. But also more challengers. So 09 will be very telling I think.

grendel Says:

“I thought in 07 there were signs of a slight downturn in his game, more shanks and the like.” -Good point.

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