Tennis-X Weekend Wrap: Jankovic Wins, Sampras Touts McCain
by Staff | October 5th, 2008, 9:28 pm
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THIS WEEK

BA-CA Tennis Trophy
VIENNA, Austria
Hard-Indoor

Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Fernando Gonzalez, Juan Martin del Potro, Ivo Karlovic, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils


Notes: Former No. 1 Spaniards Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero (vs. Karlovic), Croat Ivan Ljubicic, and Guillermo Canas among unseeded. Wawrinka lost in last year’s final to Novak Djokovic.

IF Stockholm Open
STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Hard-Indoor

Seeds: David Nalbandian, Mario Ancic, Jarkko Nieminen, Robin Soderling, Rainer Schuettler, Jose Acasuso, Al Montanes, Marcel Granollers

Notes: Joachim Johansson, who earlier in the year announced his retirement, appears in the main draw with a singles wildcard. Former Slam champ Thomas Johansson (vs. Montanes) is in the draw, and additional wildcards went to the soon-retiring Jonas Bjorkman and Japanese endorsement machine Kei Nishikori (vs. Granollers).

ATP Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW, Russia
Hard-Indoor

Men’s Seeds: Nikolay Davydenko, Igor Andreev, Mikhail Youzhny, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Dmitry Tursunov, Michael Llodra, Marat Safin, Janko Tipsarevic

Notes: Potential Davydenko-Safin quarterfinal; Davydenko beat Mathieu in last year’s final.

Women’s Seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva, Anna Chakvetadze

Notes: Serena Williams withdrew from the event citing a knee injury; Jankovic after a bye could face former tour threat Nicole Vaidisova; Chakvetadze opens against Tokyo winner Caroline Wozniacki, and Zvonareva starts against Russian countrywoman Maria Kirilenko, winner to potentially face Daniela Hantuchova; Ivanovic after a bye could face Marion Bartoli, and Safina after a bye will face the winner of the all-French standoff between former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo and Alize Cornet.

LAST WEEK

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
STUTTGART, Germany

Serb Jelena Jankovic re-took the world No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams and collected roughly $100,000 last week with the title at Stuttgart, topping Russian Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

“I’m very proud of winning my second tournament in a row,” Jankovic said. “It was not easy coming here from China and I had very tough matches against Zvonareva and Venus, but I’m thrilled to win the Porsche today.”

Jankovic was being literal, as in addition to the prize money she drove away from the tournament with a new Porsche 911 convertible. The Serb was undecided if she would skip this week’s event in Moscow as she is struggling with a foot injury and was scheduled to fly to Serbia Sunday to get it looked at.

Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

Sorana Cirstea won her first career title Sunday in Tashkent, defeating Sabine Lisicki 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4), saving a match point in a battle of tour up-and-comers.

“I’ll cherish the title in Tashkent forever as it is my first title; I was desperate to take my first title,” Cirstea said. “I’ve been improving a lot since my first final, and I’m looking for many more titles. I’m also extremely happy to wear the traditional Uzbek dress, which has become the trademark of this event.”

Japan Open
TOKYO, Japan

Czech Tomas Berdych followed a semifinal win over Andy Roddick with a convincing championship victory against one of the tour’s hottest players, Juan Martin del Potro, to claim the Japan Open title on Sunday.

The win puts the former Top 10-ranked Berych in the running for the final No. 8 spot at the year-ending Masters Cup.

“In today’s tennis everything is so close and tough,” Berdych said. “It’s all about having confidence on the court. If you win one or two matches everything can come together.”

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki defeated No. 5 seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the women’s final to win her third title of the year after Stockholm and New Haven.

“She was serving really well in the second set and had the advantage,” said Wozniacki. “I just tried to step it up in the third set and play better on my return and it worked out for me.”

Open de Moselle
METZ, France

Russian No. 5 seed Dmitry Tursunov topped No. 4 Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-4 on Sunday for the title at Metz.

It was the second title of the year for the 25-year-old after Sydney in January. “Today there wasn’t a big difference,” Tursunov said. “I can’t say that I was better than him. He could have broken me as well in the third set.”

TENNIS- X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

PETE SAYS GO MCCAIN: For some reason Pete Sampras recently spoke to a TMZ gossip site cameraman harassing him as he came out of a restaurant, voicing his opinion that entertainers should not share their political views, but the former No. 1 also gave a “Go McCain!” shoutout to Republican presidential candidate John McCain. “Experience,” Sampras added on his political choice. Sampras also claimed to not know who Tina Fey, who has famously been lampooning McCain’s VP choice Sarah Pain on Saturday Night Live, is. “Nothing will ever diminish Sampras’ achievements on the tennis court or how he conducted himself,” commented Britain’s The Guardian newspaper. “But any more of this Go McCain nonsense and we might have to reconsider.

MISC: Through the end of September, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic was leading the ace totals averaging 18 aces per match, followed by Andy Roddick with 13.5 per match…Russian women have won roughly one-third of the titles on the WTA Tour this year…Andy Roddick is looking to hire a new coach by the end of the year to take advantage of the off-season training period and come out firing in 2009…Wayne Ferreira on the current senior tour tennis, speaking to ESPN: “Believe me, these are much better matches than what you used to get on the old hit-and-giggle tours where everyone had to play like crap in order to make Jimmy Connors look good.”…Anna Kournikova was in Guam this week with the USO, entertaining troops and their families…Website Monsters & Critics, which does a good amount of tennis reporting, is backpedaling on their dumbass website name and is now going by ‘M&C’…Maria Sharapova is dating Charlie Ebersol, son of NBC Sports Chair Dick Ebersol, according to the SportsBusiness Daily…Instructions for press on the China Open website: “Please be in your own working area before start of the match and keep quiet. Do not get around, eat or chat with each other. When watching the game in area that is of no spectator stand, please stay outside of the court backstop without entering to watch or make interview.” — or you’ll be subject to human rights violations…Marcos Baghdatis pulled from Metz with a back injury…The new ATP event in Johannesburg, South Africa (formerly the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas) has announced the tournament will be held at the Montecasino gambling and entertainment complex, just north of Johannesburg, and that their under-the-table appearance money has been spent on acquiring France’s Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Spaniard David Ferrer as the top drawing cards…Serena Williams has pulled from this week’s Kremlin Cup sighting a knee injury…Roger Federer withdrew from Stockholm citing fatigue…Justine Henin’s former coach Carlos Rodriguez says she will undergo knee surgery. In other troubles, Belgium’s Le Soir magazine reports her older brother Thomas is being accused of bank fraud and embezzlement.


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53 Comments for Tennis-X Weekend Wrap: Jankovic Wins, Sampras Touts McCain

Chip N Charge Says:

Wow, Sampras with a political endorsement. I did not see that coming. And, McCain no less. Yikes!


dB Says:

I’m with Pete… “Go McCain.” Everyone is entitled to their opinions… even tennis champions… unless those champs hail from the USSR.


Susan Says:

Finally someone with a head on his shoulders!! Go Pete….Go McCain!


I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies Says:

pete has got some balls.
I like pete


NachoF Says:

He doesn’t know who Tina Fey is??… I know she is just a comedian but not knowing about her does come out as being a little uninformed.


johanne Says:

Congrats to Jelena! It’s nice to see her doing so well. I hope she can continue like this through the end of the year and into 2009.

As far as Sampras comment goes, who cares. Let him shout whatever he wants. What’s strikes me is that he’s voicing his opinion via TMZ. Nice.


I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies Says:

:: Roger Federer withdrew from Stockholm citing fatigue ::

must be Nadal fatigue ;)


Colin Says:

db – the last I heard, the USSR doesn’t exist, so there won’t be many tennis champs from there, will there?
NachF – if Pete is uninformed, then he should get along with Mrs Palin, at any rate!


tennis and politics? Says:

Colin – but Palin can see the USSR from her house :-)

After watching the Pete video, I did find it odd that he shouts “Go McCain” unprovoked and then later goes on a tirade against actors meddling in politics. Great player and all, but a bit hypocritical?


FoT Says:

Hey, maybe it’s not tiredness that Roger has… Or maybe a different kind of ‘tiredness’? lol!

Boy, would I love to be Mirka! Maybe she needs ‘finger’ exercises to hold up the ‘rock’? lol!

http://www.gulfnews.com/tabloid/People/10250205.html


zola Says:

FoT,
That’s interesting news! Weren’t they going to marry in Mallorca? ( seriously!).

About the rock, I remeber last year when Roger won Rafa in the Hamburg final, he went to Mirka and she touched his face. There you could see a BIIIIg rock on her finger!


HOLA Says:

Britain’s The Guardian newspaper. “But any more of this Go McCain nonsense and we might have to reconsider.

The Brits are idiots. They should keep to their own politics instead of meddling in ours. By the way, Pete is not only the GOAT but he knows Obama can never be the “saviour” of the US. He’s all smoke and mirrors and people will find out soon enough.


Giner Says:

I’m not a huge fan of Obama, but I’m truly frightened of what might happen to the rest of the world if Sarah Palin takes over as President (she is just a Septuagint’s heart attack away from assuming the role as the most powerful person in the world, replete with nuclear launch codes to boot).

If Sampras believes McCain is a better president due to experience, then has he considered the not-so-unlikely scenario that he might get sick or die (at his age, it wouldn’t come as a surprise) and that Palin would take over? She is even less experienced than Obama. What about her experience?

She says her foreign policy experience came from the fact that Alaska is next door to Russia. Sure. Tasmania is closer to where I live (Melbourne) than Russia is to Alaska, but that doesn’t mean I have any clue what goes on in Tasmania.

If Palin was a MAN, she’d be booed and guffawed off the stage without shame. It’s only because she’s a woman that she gets a free pass (anti sexism sucks). Her debate was considered a win as long as she didn’t self destruct. That’s some advantage she has.

In this election whoever wins, we lose.


I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies Says:

federer gettng married
I thought he was gay?


HBK Says:

Giner said:
“In this election whoever wins, we lose.”

That would apply to EVERY election. How often do politicians in the U.S. act according to the wishes of the people they were elected to represent (aside from a few scraps thrown at us to divert our attention)? Government/politics is a profiteering venture, not a civil service like it is supposed to be. It’s a deception of the worst kind. Why people are in denial about this is mainly due to laziness and distraction. The day a politician tries to change things for the good of the people is the day we see another assassination. They have to play the game or it’s over for them.

Nothing to discuss right now in terms of tennis.
Can’t watch any of the tournaments.
Where can one see live Stockholm matches?


jane Says:

Well If Roger and Mirka are tying the knot, that’s lovely; my congrats to them. The article doesn’t say outright that they are; it’s pure speculation I assume. I mean, with his money, it’s diamond shopping just another day at the mall? ;-)


gulu Says:

I m shocked to know that the person here whom we all know as ‘I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies’ is so much interested in sexual relations between ppl of same sex! My God, this fellow is dangerous!


gulu Says:

‘I like tennis bullies not tennis sissies’, can I ask u why has God given u such a dirty mind which endlessly keeps producin negativ ideas,diabolical thoughts !


JoshDragon Says:

It’s amazing to me how often the WTA #1 changes. It’s like any player in the top 10 could potentially become the #1 player based on a good result at a tournament.

Congrats, to Berdych on his title.:) It’s been a long time since he last won one.

Couldn’t care less about Sampras’s political views though.


gulu Says:

I don’t know why some ppl are bent on hurlin insults on Fed?


Von Says:

gulu:

How are you? don’t worry about those statements, you’re going to blow a gasket. Calm down. Here’s a smile to calm you down. :P


jane Says:

OKAY – Where are you Sensational-Safin? Did you hear the latest on your guy – first he got his 400TH CAREER WIN! Whoo-hoo. Second, he won it WITHOUT KNOWING IT. The guy won it at 6-4 in the third set, but apparently thought it was 6-5 so was toweling off on his chair preparing to serve it out, at which point the Umpire had to inform dear-old-awesome Marat that the match was over and he had won. Absolutely classic; I’ll miss this guy when he retires: one of kind!


JJFAN Says:

JoshDragon wrote in part:

It’s amazing to me how often the WTA #1 changes. It’s like any player in the top 10 could potentially become the #1 player based on a good result at a tournament.
********

Is that a bad thing? Do we require that there be a single, dominant player? What would your point be?


HOLA Says:

Obama is a crooked Chicago machine politician. I am from Chicago and the rest of the country doesn’t have a CLUE. Rev Wright, Rev Pfleger, Emil Jones, Tony Rezko. Even our governor in Illinois, who coincidentally is also from Chicago,is about to be indicted for fraud and corruption due to his links with Rezko. Think again you people in England,Australia and Canada, you are far from the action and are listening to fairy tales about Obama.


SG Says:

There don’t appear to be any clear political choices that make sense in this Presidential election. Too bad for Hillary. She would have been the right choice in a lot of ways.

I like Sampras but McCain? Yikes. Drilling more holes in the ocean and pouring more coal dust into the air? This just doesn’t seem sustainable to me.


MMT Says:

HOLA – if Obama is so crooked, then where is his indictment? That you’re from Chicago means absolutely nothing – your bias is obvious. How about John Hagee, Charles Keating, Vicki Iseman and his politically pandering stance on the flag above the Georgia State capitol? Nothing from you on that, right? Or some pathetic explanation for why it’s different from your empty claims against Obama? Please…


JoshDragon Says:

JJFAN,

I don’t think it’s good if the #1 player is changing all of the time. Jelena Jankovic was able to become #1 and she had never even been to a grand slam final. What does that say about the competition if she is able to be #1?


HOLA Says:

if Obama is so crooked, then where is his indictment

The whole Chicago machine was, is and always will be crooked. As for indictments in Chicago, puh-leeze. The mayor and his father are and were in that position FOR LIFE. The judges, the aldermen, the precinct captains, the ward commiteemen, etc are corrupt. Where do you think they got the saying, vote early and often? Who is going to hand out an indictment in Chicago on another corrupt Chicago politician? What’s screwing the governor, who is a Chicago machine man, is that he went to the state capitol in Springfield, where they are not afraid to indict and I hope they indict that Chicago crook quickly.

Obama has NO experience and McCain is experienced. Someone in Australia mentioned that they were fearful that Palin was a heartbeat away. Well if you look at it like that you should be fearful that Obama with zero experience might be THE heartbeat. Biden would have the better experience, but he already has had two brain aneurysms with surgeries.
In this case experience has to be the top of the ticket.


Colin Says:

Hola, so the Brits should stop meddling in your politics, eh? Boy, that’s really really good, coming from an American! Half the problems in the world are caused by the USA meddling in other countries. And I mean real meddling, not just making comments.


NachoF Says:

HOLA, if you are so sure that Obama is crooked then experience has nothing to do with this election and McCain is automatically the best choice… you should stick to just one argument… I mean, a crooked politician with experience is as unqualified to be president as a crooked politician without experience


JJFAN Says:

JoshDragon Says:

I don’t think it’s good if the #1 player is changing all of the time. Jelena Jankovic was able to become #1 and she had never even been to a grand slam final. What does that say about the competition if she is able to be #1?

JJFAN says:

Well, but how strong a point is that, if she was #1 for about a week…a statistical anomaly? She now has that slam final appearance at the USO, so are you going to get over the resentment of a #1 not being a finalist, let alone a slam winner? Do you now need to raise the bar again to resent any #1 not being a slam winner?

Injuries have a lot to do with it, so I don’t think the best player is necessarily #1 at the moment.

The unwritten rule that a credible #1 must have won a slam is not fair to the players. That is not how the rules read. A #1 player has the best record and has worked the hardest and been the most fortunate, earning the ranking. It may be by default, as a premier player drops out, but one still earns the status of being next in line of succession.

Those who want to lay back and not work so hard are not going to be in the top 5. They will likely be inconsistent. Those who are or have become physically fragile and unable to avoid injury will not be or remain in the top ranks. Past glories sustain a player only so long. One-slam-wonders need not apply. It becomes a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately proposition. Count the number of former number one players among both the men and women. Some past “glories” are very much in the past.

Maintaining the level of #1 for long is too demanding. The current #1 will not always be a legend in the making. A player will be in a groove for awhile and may never regain that level after the eventual fall in ranking. Mauresmo, among others, is an example at the moment.

Some players are overextended, making it appear that the game lacks quality. Since the game has become about “pace”, favoring bigger, stronger, more fit players, shot makers and point makers appear to be mere pedestrians. A player of more common physique and condition lives on the edge all the time just trying to be competitive. Fortunately, we have seen that size and a big serve aren’t everything, but their importance does make the smaller or average women practice with a male partner.

Bottom line, one should note that the number of slam titles is a separate resume statistic. Current ranking is a different matter. There are also at least two major ranking systems.


JJFAN Says:

Another loss by Ivanovic just now in Moscow is a case in point. She is definitely out of her “groove”.


MMT Says:

HOLA:

So your argument is that nobody gets indicted in Chicago because they’re all corrupt, including Obama? In other words, guilt by association. If nobody is getting indicted, then how do you explain the following indictments in Chicago:

Jerome Finnigan, Keith Herrera, Carl Suchocki, Thomas Sherry all Chicago police officers

Tony Rezko a Chicago businessman

Jim Laski, Arenda Troutman, Percy Giles, George H. Ryan, James DeLeo, Joe Kotlarz, Bruce A. Farley, John A. D’Arco Jr, Lawrence S. Bloom,
Jesse J. Evans, Virgil E. Jones Jr., Joseph A. Martínez, Ambrosio Medrano, Allan J. Streeter,
Fred B. Roti, Thomas J. Maloney Jr, Edward Rosewell, Jerry Cosentino all Chicago politicians.

I’m sorry, but your argument is vapid.

As for the experience argument – did it help McCain predict history the Iraq war? Did it prevent votes in favor of deregulation of the financial industry? Does it lead to anything other than tax cuts to address our economic woes?

I’ll tell you a few others who have vast experience we can look to for a experience: Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Paul O’Neil, John Snow, Donald Evans, Josh Bolten, Alberto Gonzales…all Bush cabinet members with loads of experience, and have done our country no favors in both foreign policy and economic issues. So experience isn’t the answer…it’s judgment.

And comparing a functional illiterate like Sarah Palin to Obama is laughable. I wonder what would have happened had she HERSELF run for president, with her fumbling “command” of economic and forieng policy issues, her oh-so inquisitive mind that doesn’t read newspapers, or punitive firing of a public safety commissioner that wouldn’t fire the man divorcing her sister?

After the first debate she’d be right back where she was before McCain cynically selected her purely to acquiesce his political base and poach disaffected Clinton supporters…in Alaska “watching” Russia.


blah Says:

Why would anyone ever try to seriously argue about politics? You can never prove you are right and you have slim to none chance of changing anyone’s opinions. And to do it on a tennis board? seriously?

Yeah, because my opinion of Sampras as a player would totally change because he supports a presidential candidate. yikes.


django Says:

MMT
What foreign policy experience does Obama have vs. McCain? Or even economic experience?


Ryan Says:

Hey giner do you live in melbourne?…..me too.Its one of the most liveable cities out there.Anyway cut the politics….Fed’s coming to nadal’s turf in madrid….. i cant wait to see nadal lose to him there…….maybe the pussy might lose just before facing fed.


NachoF Says:

bok Says:

unlike federer mario ancic truly has mono-

Shut up, get out…. we dont want you here.


gulu Says:

Hey bok, only idiots would say that Fed didn’t have mono. You understand nothing ! You don’t at all want to accept the truth. Liars lik u would never admit their pitfalls. You are brainless,heartless and also shameless !


Ryan Says:

I dont know why but whenever I watch any of djok’s videos on youtube ,in the comments everybody is crucifying him for being arrogant and calling him a cocky sob from serbia.Sure he did say some things which he shouldnt have about how he ripped fed and how fed is going to crumble and all that.But maybe its because fed never gave him the credit he expected to hear.Only recently fed acknowleged djok’s skills.I think he’s just an honest and a nice guy who wants to be loved by the crowd and that is what is unfortunately not happening. Anyway I think people are being too hard on him.His parents are to blame for djok being the way he is.


jane Says:

Ryan, I agree with you that he’s likely more misunderstood than anything, though he has made some mis-steps along the way.


JJFAN Says:

In Moscow during the Kremlin Cup, #1 Jankovic is through to another semifinal third in three weeks. She just took out Flavia Pennetta, 7-6, 6-3. Dementieva and Zvonareva are also through to the semis. Next up is Safina v Kuznetzova for the final four line up.


kamret Says:

WAYNE FERREIRA on the current senior tour tennis, speaking to ESPN: “Believe me, these are much better matches than what you used to get on the old hit-and-giggle tours where everyone had to play like crap in order to make Jimmy Connors look good.”…

What the hell are you talking about, you, stupid loser Ferreira? How does a low piece of crap like you even get your name in the same sentence as Jimmy Connors? I watched the senior tour very closely in the 90s and neither Borg, nor McEnroe, Vilas, Wilander, or Noah were playing like crap to make Connors look good. Wayne Ferreira, why don’t you stick your old tennis racquets up your @&%? You should be licking Jimmy Connors’ shoes.


ar Says:

Pete is the ultimate gentleman and the most
gifted tennis player we have had with a lovely
wife and family. He is right on the money with
what he said. I have lost all respect for almost
everyone in HOLLYWOOD!!!!! who continue
to support Barry Sotterro (yea, Obama is not his
real name)!!! & his friends who consist of
terrorists, embezzlers, Marxists, communists,
radicals, Islamics,& extreme left-wing,anti-american
out of touch with reality actors & actresses!!!!!
Go McCain/Palin, Go Pete, your the greatest!


Amanda Says:

HOLA, you’re right, people get the wrong impression of obama, he shouldn’t be president, if anything, biden should
go for pete, as I also say “GO McCAIN!!”


MMT Says:

kamret:

Even in his full professional days, Connors had a tendency to arrange his schedule around events promoted by his manager Bill Riordan, such that he was the big draw, and together they would share in the spoils of dominating a circuit created just for Connors.

When Connors started his senior tour in 1993, he had a controlling interest in the venture, including the right to extend invitations whomever he saw fit. In those days, few players took the tour as serious as he did, and his resulting domination probably rubbed a few the wrong way.

Tournament formats were altered from single-elimination to round robin as his younger contemporaries reached the age requirements, and his results began to see him losing early on in his own events.

But credit, where credit is due should be given. He started with 3 events, and by the time he retired and handed over the reigns to McEnroe, the tour was up to 20+ events.

Although I can’t stand Connors, I have to give him proper credit. Had it not been for his improbable run at the US Open in 1991, that tour wouldn’t have been organized as it were, and his committment to it created interest in the events that went beyond the typical addendum to current professional events that it had been up to then.


Von Says:

MMT:

Gee, you’re an encyclopedia/fountain of tennis history. WOW. When I need any info in the future, I’ll know who to ask. I’m impressed. :D


MMT Says:

Thanks Von. We’re so lucky to have the internet and blogs: where else would such useless information be so relevant! :-)


Von Says:

MMT: Don’t be so modest and sell yourself short. You could always write for Wikipedia, or become an assistant to Joel Drucker. :D


MMT Says:

BTW – I should also point out that one of the reason Connors was disliked on tour was because of this penchant for self-promotion and self interest. He was one the lone tennis stars to refuse to join the ATP when it was established in 1972 as a professional union.

This culminated in him suing the ATP (including Arthur Ashe, its president) in 1974 when he signed on to play World Team Tennis, and was summarily disqualified from the French Open. Connors won EVERY OTHER grand slam played that year.

Now, nobody knows for sure, but given that he won the US Open 2 years later in 1976 on clay, and reached the final 1975 and for a 3rd straight year in 1977 (all on clay) it’s possible that he may very well have been denied a calendar and career slam in 1974. But that’s debatable, the clay at Forest Hills was notoriously faster than Paris, and he never reached a final in his career.

Eventually his suit was dropped after Ashe beat him in the Wimbledon final in 1975. I’m not sure if they reached a settlement or if he dropped the suit altogether.

In any case, Connors has always had a bad reputation for being selfish because of this, and this may explain some of the (in my opinion) unfair criticsm from playes like Ferreira who really have no reason to be criticizing him for the senior tour.


Jane Says:

Pete who? Federer gave him a reprieve by allowing Nadal a few days to bask in the glory. Nadal must get underpants that fit before he can ever retain the crown.


sensationalsafin Says:

Go McCain? Wtf is wrong with you people??


jane Says:

Jane – but Nadal has retained the crown, ever since he attained it at Cincy, so I’m not sure your point makes sense, ill-fitting underwear or not. Perhaps you mean next year; if so, that remains to be seen.

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