Tennis-X Notes: Djokovic Underwear Parade

Posted on August 13, 2007

Tennis-X News, Notes, Quotes and Barbs
Amelie Mauresmo
has pulled from New Haven, saying she needs more time to recover from an appendectomy in March, and will not have played a U.S. hardcourt event before the US Open...Sania Mirza pulled from Toronto citing "personal reasons"...From Jerry Magee of the San Diego Union-Tribune on San Diego losing their WTA Tour event to Beijing: "One of the great inequities of how the WTA Tour is being rearranged is that an event in Carson is remaining on the schedule and San Diego is not. File that under pure folly. Tennis tournaments have to be played where there are tennis players. The WTA Tour discovered this when it scheduled its season-ending championships in the urban atmosphere of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and saw it played to row on row of empty seats. There must be a great many tennis players in Beijing, China, because the Acura's Tier I classification is going to be attached to a tournament there, or so we are told. The tour can deal with the Tier I matter as it would, having purchased it from the Giscafre/Stratton amalgam. The tour's CEO is Larry Scott, who is a visionary. I would suggest he pay a bit more attention to what Sunday was right under his nose, Scott having attended the Acura's 24th and last final."

From X-Reader Zeg: "The pinnacle of ignorance is the incessant touting of the "thirty million dollars on the line" in the idiotic "traveling circus" commercial for the U.S. Open Series. Do they really think ANYONE in the world gives a hoot about how much more money these millionaires are going to make? And all that cartoonish hype is going to compel me to watch a tape-delayed match on the ESPN's busy TV screen at midnight?"...From the Boston Globe: "It didn't take long for Bud Collins to get back into the tennis broadcast scene after being dropped by NBC last month. Collins will join ESPN and will appear on ESPN2's coverage of three Grand Slam tournaments -- Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon -- beginning in 2008. He also will report on tennis news for "SportsCenter," ESPNews, and ESPN Radio, starting next month at the US Open."...The extroverted Novak Djokovic took to the fashion catwalk in his underwear during activities during the pre-tournament player gala on a dare from James Blake: "I just wanted to have fun. They [other players] were sorry that I didn't get a chance to go alone [players were accompanied by female models] on the catwalk because they wanted to see a little dance. Next time."...ATP officials met with investigators from the British Horseracing Authority (HRA) to help look into wagering and possible corruption at the Poland Open tennis match between Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello, according to The Guardian...While the ATP investigates Russian Nikolay Davydenko for a possible wagering abnormality during one of his matches, his countryman Marat Safin says 'keep me out of it': "I don't want to be involved in any of it. I don't want to make any comments. I don't care. The ATP can do whatever they want, I'm out of it. It's not my problem, that's for sure. I'm here more for myself than for the ATP. The ATP is full of people who get paid a lot of money, big bucks, and they're the ones who have to think, not me."...The Bryan brothers lost two more points overall in the match than their opponents but beat the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Yves Allegro in a third-set breaker at Montreal. The Bryans raised their career record to 3-2 against Federer in doubles...Bjorn Borg went 1-2 at the senior tour stop in Algarve...From the International Tennis Hall of Fame: "The International Tennis Hall of Fame today announced that television coverage of the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup, to be played August 22-26 at the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, will include both the United States and Europe as the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Europe's ESPN Classic will provide live coverage of Saturday's final day of round-robin play as well as Sunday's third-place and Championship matches." -- So all of Europe gets to see it, while here in the States no one outside of the New England area can see it? Brilliant! And it's a mystery why tennis is the No. 17th most popular sport in the U.S. According to the press release, the match will be re-run, time TBA, on The Tennis Channel...From ESPN's Greg Garber, citing the history of illegal coaching that players like Maria Sharapova regularly get from their coaches (or fathers) in the stands: "In the 1993 U.S. Open, Todd Martin faced Spanish player Jordi Burillo in a first-round match. After losing the first two sets, an irate Martin -- convinced that Burillo was getting help from coach Pato Alvarez -- asked the tournament referee to sit next to Alvarez for the rest of the match. He did, and Martin said the coaching stopped. "I won the next three sets," Martin said. "When he was down 4-love in the fifth set, Burillo screamed something in Spanish. Later, a friend translated it: 'Give me back my hands!' He just couldn't play without coaching.""...CBS is selling out quickly its ad space for its five days of US Open broadcast coverage in the U.S.: "The tennis marketplace has been more active and healthier this year than it has been the past few years," said John Bogusz, CBS executive vp for sports sales. "Right now for the U.S. Open we are very close to our goal in terms of sales volume and are well over 90 percent sold."...From Sportingo's Vanessa Lockhart on Venus Williams and WTA Tour fashion: "No one could argue that Roger Federer was not the picture of class receiving his fifth Wimbledon crown on championship in long white pants and a customized white blazer. Federer cemented his image as fashion icon in his finery. He presented himself as a true gentleman. Championship Saturday was quite a different story. Four-times winner Venus Williams was a disgrace, accepting the trophy in her underwear. Forget about being a lady, she wasn't even acceptable. During her walk around Centre Court holding the Venus Rosewater dish aloft, she looked like one of those bikini-clad chicks at a boxing match carrying a sign saying Round 1."......Canadian John Dancevic, father of tour player Frank, speaking to the Globe and Mail: "Even now, everyone thinks Frank is so well off. Frank's broke. Really, he's renting a place and he has a car. That's all he's got. Maybe if you beat the big guys, you get more. It's a very tough road. It needs a lot of sacrifice. There's family involved, work, time. You have to be very careful how you manage things."