TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
AMERICANS OUT OF TOP 10 — Jim Courier tells the Miami Herald we shouldn’t cry over no Americans in the Top 10, but we should feel thankful that the U.S. dominated for so long. “What the lack of a U.S. Top 10 male this week points out to me more than anything is how lucky U.S. tennis fans have been over the years…I am sure plenty of people will get worked up about this, but not me. I can’t seem to recall an article that mentioned how remarkable the ongoing U.S. Top-10 presence was in the past few years…” That’s living-in-the-past whuss talk! The U.S. sucks, how about someone do something about it? “Let’s not use this as a convenient time to bash the USTA for ‘dropping a ball’ since they can’t be expected to create champions,” Courier said. — Huh? Then what are all these training centers doing across the country?
DIVAS GET FREE STUFF, BITCHES — Serena Williams is a multi-millionaire with tens of millions in the bank — but the lesson she gave in LA was don’t deny her free shit. Williams was at the ATP Farmers Classic tournament in LA a couple weeks ago doing some pub with James Blake and, asking for some free tickets, was told she would have to pay $100 a pop. Not smart star-handling on the part of the LA tournament, but then Serena hit the social media scene to publicly rip the tournament. “Omg! The @farmersclassic tennis tournament in LA is charging me 100 dollar a ticket. After I plugged them!!! Lol ill send a bill for my plug” she said via Twitter. Take-home message: hey world, “divas” get free stuff. Write it down. Or as Rahil Devgan of Bleacher Report put it, “That’s her ace down the line? Accusing the tournament of using her and then instructing her 1.7 million followers not to go see the tournament? It’s crass, puerile, jejune and not particularly extenuated by the fact that Serena willingly or unwillingly is a powerful representative for tennis.”
LENDL DEBUTING ON SENIOR TOUR; MCENROE SMILES – Apparently his back has healed, since 50-year-old Ivan Lendl announced he is ending his 16-year retirement from pro tennis to make his debut on the senior tour. The former No. 1 will make his debut at the Jean Luc Lagardere Trophy on Oct. 1-3 in Paris, and long-time nemesis John McEnroe is licking his lips at the opportunity to beat-up on his rival. “Oh boy, I’m looking forward to it,” McEnroe said of facing the man who denied him the French Open title. “We had some great matches together but it’s been a long time and he hasn’t played for more than 15 years so I think we need to discuss a few things, both on and off the court! I know he’s been working most of the last year to get back into the type of shape he needs to be in, because it doesn’t get any easier as you get older. But we’ll be giving it our all, that’s for sure.”
BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS-OVA – American Bethanie Mattek-Sands blogging for USA Today: “Now last week the WTA was at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Great city, nice weather and lightning fast courts. First tournament after Wimbledon, and I couldn’t find my rhythm anywhere…And I’ll be honest, I hate losing. Justin [her husband] actually has a name for my post-loss alter ego. Bethanova. Now, I see that name in a different light — Sania Mirza, one of my best friends, and I came up with a theory of why so many Russians (and eastern Europeans) are in the top 50. You ready?? Here’s the trick. By adding Ova to our last names we would be bumped an automatic 30 ranking spots immediately. Wow! So if you see Sania Mirzova and Bethanie Mattekova in the draw, you’ll know we’re just trying to get a little boost!. But wait, being married and have two last names, does that get me double the points?? Bethanie Mattekova-Sandsova? Hmmmmmm…”
B.S. QUOTE OF THE YEAR – WTA San Diego Tournament Director Raquel Giscafre on many of the big names skipping the event this year: “For us the tournament offers the experience of watching the pros, it’s not necessarily about watching a particular player.” — Sounds like you should be running a Futures/USTA Pro Circuit event.
MISCELLANEOUS – World No. 1 Serena Williams will team with John Isner to represent the United States at the Hopman Cup in January 2011…Former world No. 1 Dinara Safina ended a six-match losing streak in San Diego…Why are there 100 stories about Mardy Fish being so slim and “fit” in Atlanta when he had to pull out of his next tournament citing exhaustion? Pat Rafter and Roger Federer won back-to-back Masters Series events (no days rest) during the hot U.S. summer hardcourt circuit without going to the exhaustion card. Rafter will show you fit, mate…Serena, how is the foot? Exactly how did you injure it again?…ATP Legg Mason and ESPN officials must have exclaimed “bitch!” when Americans Andy Roddick, John Isner, Mardy Fish and Ryan Sweeting all exited the event on the same day, the day before the weekend TV broadcasts started. Berdych vs. Malisse? Yay! Wonder what’s on the Food Network…Andy Roddick’s early-round exit in Washington dropped him out of the Top 10, making for the FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE RANKINGS there are no American’s in the Top 10. RIP, U.S. tennis, we were big fans back in the day…Croatians Ivo Karlovic (leg surgery) and Mario Ancic (back injury) will miss the US Open…The iconic Davidoff Swiss Indoors will no longer be “Davidoff” after 2010 as the tournament reports the ATP is forcing them to drop their 17-year tobacco sponsor due to worldwide laws restricting tobacco advertising on television…Melanie Oudin is 17-18 win-loss this year, losing first round again this week in Cincy, with nine losses coming in the first round. After the US Open it will be ‘Welcome to the USTA Pro Circuit.’…Lleyton Hewitt (calf injury) and Andy Roddick (mono?) pulled from Toronto…Venus Williams (knee), Serena Williams (foot) and Sam Stosur (arm) pulled from Cincy this week.
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