Ivanovic Says ‘F**** You,’ Clijsters Favored Next Week at WTA Montreal

by Jeremy Davis | August 14th, 2010, 4:38 pm

Next week the women move on to Montreal and the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Seven of the Top 10 are in attendance, but the bigger story is who is not: world No. 1 Serena Williams (foot injury), Venus Williams (ankle), former No. 1 Justine Henin (elbow), Sam Stosur (arm), and former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic who sent a big ‘f**** you’ message to Montreal Tournament Director Eugene Lapierre.
About a month ago Lapierre refused Ivanovic a wildcard, referring to her poor play and telling the media that her coach would be better off having her play the qualies(!), while he’d be better off giving his wildcards to ‘deserving’ Canadian players (oxymoron?).

The moron elaborated, “Yes, she’s a player who has done a lot for our tournament — almost saved it one year. She has a lot of charisma. Everyone likes her. But the fact is that she hasn’t demonstrated that she deserves a wildcard. It’s not the same as a player who has been injured and away for a while…She is the one who dropped down to No. 65, not because of an injury.”


After Ivanovic’s eventual semifinal run in Cincinnati this week combined with Lapierre’s Montreal seeded players dropping out left and right, he told the media in essence he was (essentially) thinking about graciously ‘throwing Ivanovic a bone.’

“There’s still a chance,” Lapierre said on Tuesday about Ivanovic possibly getting a wildcard, “Especially now that she’s showing us she still plays like a Top 10. We’re looking at it and there should be developments soon.”

Ooh, was Ana on the edge of her seat? Could Lapierre be more self-important?

The development was that Montreal’s star power suddenly began to dip with all the pull-outs, and Lapierre came back to Ivanovic with the wildcard offer — which she promptly told him, in so many words, to stick up his ass.

“I would have loved to have played in Montreal, but I was quite hurt by the comments of Mr. Lapierre that I was shown in the Montreal Gazette recently,” Ivanovic said on her website. “I don’t think his comments were necessary, and they contradicted everything he had told my management previously: that I was not getting a wildcard because I am not Canadian.”

Not Canadian, and not good enough. So long story long, no Ivanovic in Montreal either. That’s four former No. 1s missing the tournament due to injury or anger issues.

The 16 players seeded in Montreal are Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, Kim Clijsters, Francesca Schiavone, Aggie Radwanska, Vera Zvonarva, Na Li, Victoria Azarenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, Yanina Wickmayer, Shahar Peer, Flavia Pennetta, Aravane Rezai and Marion Bartoli. Floaters to watch for in the field are Nadia Petrova, Melanie Oudin (I know, but she’s the only American in the field! Sad.), Kaia Kanepi, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Petra Kvitova, Dinara Safina, Lucie Safarova, and Daniela Hantuchova.

If Oudin gets by a qualifier in her opener she will meet No. 5 Clijsters in the second round. No. 17 Bartoli and Petrova are looking at a second-round meeting. The No. 14 Peer should be tested in her opener against Kanepi, and No. 11 Kuznetsova will have her hands full from the get-go against fellow Russian Pavlyuchenkova. No. 16 Rezai starts against the rising Czech Kvitova, No. 12 Sharapova opens against Safarova with the winner to potentially meet Safina, and No. 15 Pennetta starts against Hantuchova. Not a lot of easy openers.

For my quarterfinal picks I’ll put Jankovic vs. Azarenka, Clijsters vs. Zvonareva, Kuznetsova vs. Dementieva, and Sharapova vs. Kleybanova. That means seeded favorites Li, Radwanska, Schiavone, Wozniacki and Pennetta get sidelined early. Semis = Clijsters vs. Azarenka, Dementieva vs. Sharapova. Final = Clijsters d. Sharapova. Sharapova and Clijsters will derail this if they’re not fit after their long runs this week in Cincinnati.

Dementieva is the defending champ, winning the all-Russian final against Sharapova in 2009.

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11 Comments for Ivanovic Says ‘F**** You,’ Clijsters Favored Next Week at WTA Montreal

andrea Says:

poor ana. it’s a curse of the ana’s (anna’s). like kournikova, she’s a hottie, and despite some great achievements has inexplicably spiraled downward.

jane Says:

Very disappointing to hear this; I did not know, and I think given her past success, she should’ve been offered a wild card. Sometimes tournament directors shoot themselves in the foot. This must be a case of that. Mind you, Ivanovic retired today, in the Cincy semifinal against Clijsters, with an ankle injury that apparently had her in tears, and thus, ironically, she may not’ve been able to play in Canada even with the wild card! Still, I think she deserved one. A former number 1 and big draw trumps patriotic favoritism in my books!

guy Says:

firstly, ivanovic doesn’t have charisma, she has beauty, which is a different thing. jankovic has charisma, but not so much beauty. which is probably why they hate eachother.

this director should be applauded for trying to give some credibility to the wta. making it about tennis ability as opposed to catering to the lowest common denominator.

the whole ‘glamour girl’ culture perpetuated by the wta tour is pathetic.

joe Says:

im gonna disagree- hot chicks should get wild cards and if as a tournament director you dont agree you are screwed. give your wild cards to canadian girls who are one and done? good luck. dumb.

jane Says:

I was saying nothing about looks; I think she should’ve got the wild card based on the fact that she’s won a slam and is a former number 1. No doubt she’s been in a brutal slump but she’s been slowly coming back, as her run to the semis in Cincy attests. So i was going on past success, not glamour.

jeanius Says:

We got the message for your headline, but it’s not appropriate for a tennis newsletter. And since those were not her exact words, it shouldn’t be in quotes. Also, she is the last person that I would expect to say that in public; it doesn’t fit with her style, which is very genteel. Next time, convey your meaning in a more authentic way, please.

Annie Says:

Interesting that ,after putting down Ivanovic’s game and saying she was undeserving of the wild card and that, even tho she was a popular player, he didn’t need her because he had enough top draws, now he looks ridiculous, grovelling to give her a bye because Venus pulled out along with several others. This man needs to learn a bit about tact and diplomacy, especially in his position as director. Without top draws, there will be few spectators and fewer sponsors.

Siddy Says:


Ivanovic did get injured, but her injuries were numerous instead of a major one. Her thumb injury started the downward spiral. The tournament director is ill-informed.

Ken Says:

I think Lapierre is a fool! Being in charge went to his head. Does he not understand what a drawing card certain players would be? He just turned more people against Canada. I would travel far to watch Ivanovic! He had no right to cricize any player’s performance.

Pierre Says:

Mr Lapierre made a very big mistake, he owe an apology to Ana or else Montreal will be few years without a major….( or top 10’s ) .like the GP but for differents reasons……

Tajik Says:

Wondering what this article (and the comments) would look like if Serena or Venus had done this.

Quite different, I imagine.

How the heck is a player ranked in the 50’s (not b/c of absence from the tour) making any demands to tournament directors? Is she kidding?

R.I.P. Ana’s Career

Jankovic is the goods. Now that’s a real athlete.

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