Agassi to Play 1st Senior Tennis Event; Sharapova Out of IW Singles
by Staff | March 8th, 2009, 11:22 pm
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Monterrey Open
Monterrey, Mexico

No. 2-seeded Marion Bartoli of France won her first title in three years Sunday at the Monterrey Open in Mexico, straight-setting China’s unseeded Li Na 6-4, 6-3.


The 24-year-old Bartoli had won all of her three previous career titles in 2006.

In the doubles final the No. 6-seeded pairing of Dechy/Santangelo defeated unseeded Czechs Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-4.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS

AGASSI RETURNS — Andre Agassi will reportedly play his first senior tour match at the Outback Champions Series event in October at Surprise, Ariz., with an official announcement on Monday…

HEWITT FADES, GUCCIONE SAVES — Australia defeated Thailand 3-2 on Sunday in Davis Cup zonal play when Lleyton Hewitt faded in the heat 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-1 to No. 155-ranked Danai Udomchoke, but Chris Guccione saved the day with a fifth-match 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Kittipong Wachiramanowong…

Maria Sharapova says she is not ready to play singles at Indian Wells, but will play doubles…

The Bradenton Preparatory Academy is opening a branch in Dubai…

Brit Davis Cup captain John Lloyd is getting routed by British tennis fans after losing to the Ukraine in relegation play. Guess swallowing pride and letting Greg Rusedski play in favor of the “younger generation” seems like a good move now. With Andy Murray sick on the sidelines, the Brit Davis Cup couldn’t beat the Brit Fed Cup team…

Approximately 8,000 protesters were at the Israel at Sweden Davis Cup match…

Rough headline from ESPN, “Blake Disappoints Enthusiastic Birmingham Crowd”…

Wesley Moodie withdrew from playing Davis Cup for South Africa after the South African Tennis Federation refused to buy him a business-class ticket from the U.S…

The ATP is returning approximately $3 million in fees to tournaments. “In these difficult times the ATP has decided to give the tournaments a reduction in tournament fees to help them financially,” a spokesman for the ATP told Reuters…

Former French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria was tentatively scheduled to play a Challenger in Japan this week…

Jose Luis Escanuela was named head of the Spanish Tennis Federation…

The WTA Ponte Vedra Beach event, The MPS Group Championships (formerly the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island), has three Top 20 commitments thus far in Nadia Petrova, Caroline Wozniacki and Patty Schnyder…

The South African Tennis Association announced they were cancelling a Challenger event to be held in April due to “insufficient sponsorship.”…

Mary Pierce is training at the IMG/Bollettieri academy in Florida is preparation for her comeback to professional tennis…

Nicole Vaidisova is reportedly considering working with her stepdad and former coach Ales Kodat after now looking at potentially dropping out of the Top 100 this month…


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5 Comments for Agassi to Play 1st Senior Tennis Event; Sharapova Out of IW Singles

lexi Says:

james blake did not “disappoint” fans. he lost. yes, it IS disappointing, but HE did not cause that at all. give the man a little credit, sheesh.


Hypnos Says:

Are we edging toward an Agassi-Sampras matchup on the old man circuit?


jane Says:

Well said Lexi; James played a good match. Stan was serving out of his mind, aces galore anyhow, in that match so that gave him the edge. But Blake played fine tennis. He could’ve changed some things up, but you know, could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. That’s the way it goes sometimes.


I like tennis bullies Says:

lol federer the only top player without a title to his name this year


Giner Says:

“HEWITT FADES, GUCCIONE SAVES — Australia defeated Thailand 3-2 on Sunday in Davis Cup zonal play when Lleyton Hewitt faded in the heat 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-1 to No. 155-ranked Danai Udomchoke, but Chris Guccione saved the day with a fifth-match 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Kittipong Wachiramanowong…”

Wow! I didn’t keep up with Australia’s DC since it wasn’t in the world group and there was no coverage, but this is shocking indeed. Hewitt fading to heat? That doesn’t happen. The guy is as fit as it gets, and relishes the toughest conditions possible. Losing a 5 set match? Equally improbable. But losing when he’s up by two sets? I’m speechless. And to Danai Udomchoke of all players. Just inconceivable.

Very ironic that it’s Guccione who pulled the team out of trouble. That guy is a perennial underachiever and is always the one losing to far lesser opponents, and the only reason he is on the team is because there’s no one else. The guy has hot days and cold days, but unfortunately the cold days outnumber the hot ones 9 to 1.

Aust should get past India, but should they play France, Serbia or Chile in the WG play-offs, they are going to stay in Oceanic for another year..

P.S. I imagine Thailand matches must be hard to call for local commentators. Kittipong Wachiramanowong? I had to copy and paste that one.

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