X-Wrap: Myskina Kissed a Girl and Liked It; Bad HEAD for Djokovic
by Staff | January 12th, 2009, 2:04 am
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Gulbis Lined-up to Play Spoiler at ATP Auckland

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-11/m.php

0-1 Djokovic a Wildcard in Sydney

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-11/l.php


Dokic Out, Pennetta Up Front at Hobart

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-11/k.php

Shaky Serena Saves Match Points in Sydney Debut

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-11/j.php

Cilic Stop Devvarman Run at Chennai

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-11/h.php

Stepanek Does The Worm at Brisbane

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2009-01-11/i.php

Azarenka Wins Brisbane

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2009-01-10/699.php

Dementieva Starts in Style with Auckland Title

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2009-01-10/701.php

Murray Spanks Roddick in ATP Doha Final

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2009-01-10/692.php

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

BERNIE A BUST (BUT…) IN PRO BEGINNER — Aussie teen Bernard Tomic lost in the first round in his pro debut at the ATP event in Brisbane, where the reigning Australian Open junior champion was dismissed 6-4, 6-2 by Spanish Davis Cup hero Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco.

The good news for Aussie tennis fans desperate for a new top dog was seeing the 16-year-old hold serve to start the match, then break Verdasco with a Sportscenter-style highlight clip of consecutive winners. The excitement didn’t last long as Verdasco settled in, but Tomic showed the weapons and prowess that have excited fellow Aussie legends John Newcombe and Patrick Rafter.

“I haven’t seen him play since Wimbledon this year but he’s grown quite tall now so he should be really concentrating on developing a bigger serve,” Newcombe said. “One of his main assets is his court craft — he really reads the game well and plays the game well — the backhand is pretty good, his forehand could probably do with a bit of work. I would say keep your backhand as your rock and develop a much bigger serve and work on your forehand the next couple of years and make it into a weapon.”

Rafter cautioned fans to not put too much pressure on Tomic, and not expect “Australia tennis’ great next hope,” as he has been regularly touted in the media, to burst on the scene as a teen ala Rafael Nadal.

“He’s going to go through a couple of tough periods and tough years,” Rafter said. “He’s got to learn to play against the big boys now and he’s been doing that and he’s been having some mixed results and you don’t want to expect too much of him too early.”

Tomic went 1-2 in round robin play in the Australia Open wildcard tournament held for Aussie players, failing to win a spot in the main draw. Tomic’s father, meanwhile, says 10-year-old Sara Tomic is the real prodigy to watch in the coming years. Father John and wife Ady were refugees after the break-up of Yugoslavia and moved to the Gold Coast in 1996, where John initially drove a taxi before becoming Bernard’s full-time coach.

John has unfortunately also been struggling with the disease “Tennis-Parentitis,” fighting classic overbearing tennis father traits such as accusing tournament organizers of fixing draws in favor of his son’s opponents and ordering Bernard to walk off the court during matches.

MISC:

Maria Sharapova has pulled from the Aussie Open with her ongoing shoulder injury. “My shoulder is doing great, but I just started training a few weeks ago and I am just not near the level I need to be to compete at the highest levels,” Sharapova said in a statement. So if the shoulder is “great,” and hasn’t stopped you from keeping up with your lower-body fitness and cardio, and you’ve been training for upwards of three weeks — what’s the problem again?…

Is it universally agreed that the ATP Star Wars/space trip website re-design is awful?…

This week’s World Tennis Challenge exhibition in Australia will feature teams the U.S. (Taylor Dent, Jim Courier), Sweden (Joachim Johansson, Mats Wilander), France (Gael Monfils, Henri Leconte) and Australia (Mark Philippoussis, Pat Cash)…

19-year-old former doper Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria has agreed to take Kazakh citizenship to compete for the former Soviet republic for the next three years, her father and coach Radoslav Karatantchev told Reuters. “The contract with Kazakhstan is a matter of professionalism and survival,” Karatantchev said. “It’s a three-year contract which will give Sesil financial stability.”…

The Herald Sun reports that Jim Courier has a special someone in his life, and that it’s a woman…

Nice pics of former Slam winner Anastasia Myskina of Russia making out in a bar with a busty Russian actress, with pics in Russian papers and on the web…

Dominik Hrbaty and Dominika Cibulkova won the Hopman Cup for the Slovak Republic, defeating Russia in the final. The 252nd-ranked Hrbaty celebrated his 31st birthday on his opening day of Hopman Cup play, and in the end tallied the Slovak Republic’s third Hopman Cup title in eight appearances…

Next month’s WTA Dubai event will feature all Top 10 players…

Jelena Dokic pulled from Hobart with an Achilles injury…

Amelie Mauresmo’s thigh strain that forced her to pull from the Brisbane semis now has her in doubt for the Aussie Open. Tough luck for the confidence-challenged former No. 1 who gained some mojo in Brisbane with a win over another confidence-challenged former No. 1, Ana Ivanovic. Just another in a slew of injuries for the Frenchwoman since 2006 when she was winning multiple Slams…

U.S. junior hopefuls the Harrison brothers have signed with Nike. IMG-represented Ryan (16 years old) and Christian (14) recently relocated from Texas to trains at the IMG/Bollettieri academy in Bradenton, Fla…

A little opinion from the DPA news service: “Serena Williams arrived in Australia on Thursday vowing to begin her tennis year in style and playing down any talk of the injuries which plagued her in late 2008. The self-absorbed three-time Australian open winner will take her place in the field at next week’s Medibank International after weeks of speculation about her fitness — or lack of it.”…

Novak Djokovic switched from Wilson to HEAD, and promptly lost in his debut with the new stick at Brisbane. “There are still some things (with the racquet) I am not used to and unfortunately I get this result,” Djokovic said in a ringing endorsement…

Jelena Dokic lost to Amelie Mauresmo in two tiebreaks in the first round at Brisbane last week. Dokic got the nod to represent Australia in upcoming Fed Cup play alongside Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs for next month’s lowly Asia/Oceania Zone Group I playoff…

From TVNZ on some fashion-strange on-court coaching at the WTA event in Auckland: “At the end of the first set, Frenchwoman Natalie Dechy calls for her coach during her first round match versus Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. This is normal enough, given the new practice of on-court coaching on the WTA tour. But instead of her coach, the man who emerged onto the blue court four was possibly a runaway renegade from the New Zealand bowls championships, also held in Auckland this week. A sunhat that was surely purchased in DEKA, white socks pulled up just below the knee, black leather shoes and standard issue bus driver walk shorts. This mystery made never be solved, as Dechy lost her first round match and will be on the next plane to Australia.”…

Russian poster beauty Maria Kirilenko withdrew from Brisbane last week citing a virus…

Jelena Jankovic has signed with IMG and IMG Models (but reportedly took a pass on IMG Rock Star and IMG Spokesmodel and IMG Movie Star and IMG You-Can-Be-Anything-You-Want-You-Pretty-Tennis-Player-You). “IMG is a global company and a leader not only in tennis, but entertainment, fashion and modeling as well,” said Jankovic in a statement written for her by IMG. “I’m very excited to partner IMG and look forward to working with them on a variety of exciting tennis, marketing and endorsement opportunities.”…

Ana Ivanovic was without a coach last week in Brisbane after splitting with Sven Groeneveld. “I don’t have a coach at the moment, just a sparring partner here with me,” Ivanovic said in Brisbane. “He has been hitting with me since the end of December, and my fitness coach as well. I have great trust in both of them. I feel I also have more experience. I have played with most of the girls now and it is something I can draw on and trust myself and my instincts when I go on court.”…

Nikolay Davydenko withdrew from Chennai mid-tournament last week with a heel injury, and is out of the Aussie Open…


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4 Comments for X-Wrap: Myskina Kissed a Girl and Liked It; Bad HEAD for Djokovic

Colin Says:

I’d have said that Ivanovic needed a coach, if anyone did! Her own instincts haven’t lately been doing her much good on court.


Kiwi Says:

I thought Cilic had only one career title prior to CHennai, not two…

Kind of akward they signed Jankovic under IMG Models, seeing how she’s ugly as sin :-/


Colin Says:

You think Jankovic is ugly? Quite a lot of us think she’s sexy. Not pretty, no, but definitely sexy.
Jamie Murray seemed to think so!


Giner Says:

“Is it universally agreed that the ATP Star Wars/space trip website re-design is awful?…”

I think it’s pretty bad and it will take some getting used to, but we will get used to it. I prefer the sidebar on the right as it used to be instead of the left now.

“Nice pics of former Slam winner Anastasia Myskina of Russia making out in a bar with a busty Russian actress, with pics in Russian papers and on the web…”

Has anyone found pics for this?

“The Herald Sun reports that Jim Courier has a special someone in his life, and that it’s a woman…”

Ooh.. was he ever rumored gay?

“Novak Djokovic switched from Wilson to HEAD, and promptly lost in his debut with the new stick at Brisbane. “There are still some things (with the racquet) I am not used to and unfortunately I get this result,” Djokovic said in a ringing endorsement…”

Changing racquets is always risky business. JC Ferrero did that when he was 3 in the world or shortly after, and fell off dramatically, never coming close to returning to his best. I think Sampras had a reluctance to change for his entire career even though he thought it advantageous to.

“Jelena Dokic lost to Amelie Mauresmo in two tiebreaks in the first round at Brisbane last week. Dokic got the nod to represent Australia in upcoming Fed Cup play alongside Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs for next month’s lowly Asia/Oceania Zone Group I playoff…”

Yeah the thing is, we don’t have a whole lot of good players to choose from.. The 4th place used to go to either Molik or Pratt and they’re both retired now. But this team (without Dokic) is actually not half bad. Stubbs and Stosur are good in doubles, and Stosur and Dellacqua are decent in singles also. I’m not sure why they’re sucking so badly in zonal.. maybe just a matter of having a bad day at the wrong time.

“Nikolay Davydenko withdrew from Chennai mid-tournament last week with a heel injury, and is out of the Aussie Open…”

I heard about this. It’s unusual. That guy is normally rock solid health and fitness wise. He plays almost every week and I don’t remember the last time he missed a tournament because of injury. He’s the anti-”the season is too long” movement.

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