TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
ANA NEEDS TO GET IT TOGETHER — Jelena Jankovic blogging on playing with fellow Serb Ana Ivanovic in Fed Cup: “In our 3-2 Fed Cup loss to Russia at home, it was unfortunate that Ana Ivanovic couldn’t win one of her singles matches, because that’s what we were going for, to win the three singles matches because we weren’t counting on doubles. I was really happy that I beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova, whom I had never beaten before. Ana was nervous, but everyone is nervous and you care so much because you to want to win, but she couldn’t get her game together. But she’s not the only one who is struggling, We’re not really good doubles players, and we lost to Kuznetsova and Kleybanova in doubles. We didn’t know each other’s games, what ball to take, and we got confused. We were all over the place. We didn’t know how to play together as team.”
HEAD OF THE CLASS — The nominations for the 2010 Tennis Hall of Fame are doubles teams Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde; Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, Owen Davidson, a men’s and mixed doubles specialist; Brad Parks, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis; and the late Derek Hardwick, former chairman of the British Lawn Tennis Association. Woodbridge and Woodforde, the Aussie pair known as “The Woodies,” won a still-standing record of 61 ATP doubles titles together, including 11 Slams. Fernandez and Zvereva won 38 titles together, including 14 Slams. They won six consecutive Slams in 1992-93.
MISC — So which Melanie Oudin is it, the “fearless” youngster who made a run to the US Open quarterfinals, or the one who collapsed in a tight 6-0 third-set loss in the first round at Indian Wells?…Maria Sharapova — over?…Pat Rafter beat John McEnroe 7-6(4), 7-6(1) in the Delray Beach Seniors final, with Mac reportedly receiving a $500,000 appearance fee…The Spanish tennis federation is under fire after announcing it will invest over a quarter million dollars in women’s tennis now that the five-time champion Spanish Fed Cup team is facing dropping out of the World Group for the first time ever. Some past Spanish legends such as Manolo Santana are saying the amount is not nearly enough. Maybe Spain could invest in U.S. women’s tennis too…The saddest headline in the world from Channel3000 reporting on a Wisconsin tennis camp: “Venus Williams Won’t Appear At Tennis Camp After All”…Lleyton Hewitt told The Age that Australian tennis has bottomed out: “We’re looking at guys ranked 250 to 400 in the world, possibly getting a gold jacket to play Davis Cup, and that’s scraping the barrel. We’ve really got to try and make a change, and the best way comes back to the coaching.”…How about more “feature” stories about Kim Clijsters “juggling motherhood and tennis”? Yawn…Former No. 1 Dinara Safina pulled from Indian Wells citing her ongoing back injury…Goran Ivanisevic says he is coaching fellow Croat Marin Cilic on a part-time basis: “It should be fun. Bob [Brett] is still his coach but in Miami and Madrid I am going to be his replacement while he is not there. I will be like a mentor to Marin.” — Uh oh…Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez skipped Indian Wells to help earthquake relief efforts in his home country, while Nikolay Davydenko pulled with a broken wrist.
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