Tennis-X Notes: Davenport Lets Loose on WTA, US Open Pulls

Posted on August 23, 2006

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Radek Stepanek
has pulled out of the US Open with a back injury...From X-blogger Sean Randall: "If the latest WTA Rankings are correct it's an historic week in women's tennis. With Lindsay Davenport dropping from 10 to No. 11 in the Monday rankings leaving exactly ZERO American women in the Top 10 for what I think -- and feel free to prove me wrong -- for the first time in the history of the WTA Rankings, which go all the way back to November of 1975. That's over 30 years and around 1,600 straight weeks that an American women had been ranked among the Top 10. Not no more. Nor is it a surprise either, with few of the top Americans even playing of late due to injury. Lindsay, who is back on court this week in New Haven, has battled back trouble, Serena's a knee and Venus a wrist I think. With the big three also on the verge of retirement -- Lindsay is rumored to be pulling the plug at the Open -- one has to wonder just who is on the rise. The men have a promising 18-year-old Sam Querrey and even Donald Young, but the women's charge is led by Alexa Glatch and who knows."...Amelie Mauresmo on no American women ranked in the Top 10: "That's tough for you guys. It is definitely maybe something wrong in the way, I don't know what is going on in the way of the USTA finding the next kid...You have basketball, baseball, you have a lot of other sports and tennis is suffering right now. We suffered in Europe a couple of years ago, it is much better now. It is difficult to produce champions decade after decade. You guys were lucky for 30 or 40 years."...From Eurosport: "Kim Clijsters has denied rumours that she will retire from tennis following her latest injury setback. Having announced last year that she intends to retire at the end of 2007, speculation has grown over the last few days that if the next scan on her wrist shows no improvement she will call it a day immediately. But a source close to Clijsters has said: "She has no intention of throwing in the towel. She had two scans on the wrist and it seems that the second scan indicates that the injury may not be as bad as first suspected." Clijsters -- who will have to wear a brace for six weeks -- is hoping to make her comeback at the Gaz de France in Hasselt on October 30th. The same source also confirmed that providing this comeback is successful, she intends to play in the WTA Championships a week later."...From "Guppy Games, international mobile games developer and publisher is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Andy Roddick Tennis ( ). In cooperation with Andy Roddick, Guppy Games plans to launch Andy Roddick Tennis to major carriers throughout the US and internationally around The US Open 2006. "Without the cooperation of Andy Roddick, we would have not have had this chance to create the most exciting tennis game on the market," said Guppy Games CEO, Alex Choe. "Andy Roddick is a powerful athlete and we are ecstatic to have him as a part of this venture." -- Yeah Alex, it probably goes without saying that without Andy you couldn't create a game with his name on it...From Liz Robbins writing for The New York Times: "Lindsay Davenport is enthusiastically approaching what may be the last United States Open in her 13-year career. Her smile, however, does not reflect the summer of calamity she has had nor the bitterness she feels toward the leadership of women's tennis. "It's tough to also enter the final stage of my career with such a bitter taste in my mouth about the Tour," Davenport said Sunday in New Haven, where she was preparing for the Pilot Pen tournament, which began yesterday. "It's a shame." For the first time, Davenport also described in detail the fall that left her with a concussion and contributed to her withdrawing from Wimbledon. She said she remembered getting out of bed one Friday morning at her home in the Los Angeles area. "The next thing I knew I was five feet from the bed, on the ground. I woke up, I was on my back, holding my head. I didn't know what had happened. I must have hit my head on the dresser." She awoke to find her Rottweiler, Scout, standing over her with a tennis ball in his mouth. Her husband, Jon Leach, was already at work. Her mother, Ann, rushed over. Davenport, 30, did not go to a hospital until Monday -- she even worked out Friday. During that weekend, however, the pain in her head was searing and the bruise on her right elbow from the fall turned blue and green. Doctors said she had sustained a concussion and whiplash in the fall. Her elbow had to be immobilized. Davenport anxiously went through a round of heart tests. She declined a brain scan because she is claustrophobic, but she agreed to a week of bed rest...She was cleared a week later to practice. But when Davenport sought to enter more tournaments to prepare for the United States Open, the chief executive of the WTA Tour, Larry Scott, denied her request. Scott said that she had not met the commitment requirements to be eligible for a wild card, and that he would not invoke a rule that would have given her an exemption...She has nothing scheduled beyond next year's Australian Open. Although she said she wanted to start a family, tennis remains paramount for now. "I'm just not ready for it to be gone yet," she said. "However many more tournaments I play or however much longer I play, I don't have anything to lose."...From Leo Schlink writing for The Telegraph: "Mark Philippoussis' volatile relationship with his father and career mentor Nick has fractured. Once inseparable, the pair is estranged as former world No. 8 Mark returns to Flushing Meadow, scene of next week's US Open, where he was a finalist in 1998. Former banker and taxi driver Nick Philippoussis has not been seen on the international circuit for months amid rumours of a dispute with his son over his relationship with US model Alexis Barbara. Nick Philippoussis remarried and is now based in the US where he has lived since divorcing his Italian-born wife Rosana."...Anastasia Myskina might pull from the US Open with a foot injury...Neil Amdur has been named the editor-in-chief of Tennis Week. Amdur was editor-in-chief of World Tennis magazine (1984-90) before working The New York Times sports section for 12 years. Tennis Week also adds that it is "the game's most influential publication, with power and presence in the tennis community far greater than raw readership. The magazine and web site have been regarded as the conscience of the game, offering independent, balanced and outspoken tennis news, never "playing it safe," while being swift, informative and responsible to readers and advertisers."...Patty Schnyder offering up the book on how to beat her after losing to Tiantian Sun: "Her backhand looks really weak. She plays with a lot of spin, slow to my backhand. That's really one of my weaker spots. I'm used to players who play really fast and attack more."...Shahar Peer (foot) and Dinara Safina (elbow) pulled from New Haven Monday...The WTA announced that Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne have qualified for the year-end championship...The WTA Tour has entered into a three-year agreement with Usana Health Sciences to provide players with nutritional supplements guaranteed to conform to the tour's anti-doping policy...From Lisa Raymond blogging for the WTA: "I took my usual walk down to Claire's for my coffee and paper. Now, the scary thing is that I had already had a cup of coffee before I even made it to Claire's. Actually, I had two! I LOVE my coffee. Sometimes I will wake up and I can't fall back asleep because I start thinking about coffee. The Omni Hotel (it's the official player hotel for the men and women this week) has coffee in the lobby starting at 6:30am. I usually get up, throw on some clothes and a hat, and head down to the lobby to get a cup (or two in my case this morning). I come back to the room, get online, check e-mails and enjoy drinking my first cup. THEN, I'll head out to Claire's and have breakfast, as well as more coffee. Do I have a problem?"

Also see:
U.S. Women Out of Top 10; Roddick Rocks Cincy