Thursday, March 25, 2010

This and That 3/25/2010

by Savannah

So how did the IMG, uh, WTA wild cards do?

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (WC) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 61 76(3)
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. (WC) Arantxa Rus (NED) 36 61 76(6)
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 62 62
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (WC) Heather Watson (GBR) 64 62
[WC] P Martic (CRO) d [18] A Rezai (FRA) 75 57 64
[27] A Szavay (HUN) d [WC] A Molik (AUS) 60 60

Just to be fair lets look at the ATP wild card results.

[WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) d L Kubot (POL) 63 62
J Blake (USA) d [WC] F Krajinovic (SRB) 67(6) 64 64
M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 62 62
J Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M Ancic (CRO) 64 64
Juan Ignacio Chela def. (WC) Lorenzi 6-4 3-6 7-6 (3)
Carlos Moya withdrew due to injury and was replaced by lucky loser Marcos Daniel of Brazil.

Davis Cup

The war of words continues in British tennis circles. Andy Murray is reported by to have made the following statement.

Andy Murray says that former Davis Cup captain John Lloyd’s criticism of his Davis Cup participation was unwarranted.

Lloyd stepped down from the captaincy last week following five successive defeats, saying about Murray, "Call me old-fashioned, but when is it a convenience, and not a privilege, to play for your country?"

Murray argued he should be given credit for playing against Poland last year right after the US Open, even though he was suffering from a wrist injury.

"I can understand to a certain extent that everyone would like me to play in the Davis Cup because obviously we've got a better chance of winning,” Murray said. "But I played through the [Poland] match when I was injured and it set me back probably double the amount of time that it would have done if I hadn't played.

"No one talks about that side when you're playing through matches when you're hurt and it sets you back and then you drop ranking points. I don't see John coming out and having a go at [Roger] Federer or Rafa [Nadal] or [Andy] Roddick or whoever, the guys that don't play Davis Cup all of the time either. There are some guys that play very, very few matches that are a lot better players than me."

I hate to inform Mr. Murray that of the three men he mentions Andy Roddick has played Davis Cup every year he's been able to. This is the first year he's not played a tie. Rafael Nadal has also been available to play and traveled with the team when he wasn't able to play.

It's my understanding that Murray has taken a leading role in choosing who will be the next DC captain for Britain and that his personal dislike of Greg Rusedski has eliminated him from consideration. I guess he doesn't think that the object of his scorn should call him on his ish.

In other Davis Cup news it's been announced that the tie between Serbia and Croatia will be played in the city of Split in Croatia. This has worried Serbian Davis Cup captain Bogdan Obradovic to express concern about security. Niki Pilic, a native of Split and team advisor to Serbia will not make the trip.

The French Open

There is a lot of chatter about the possibliity of the French Open moving from the hallowed ground of Roland Garros to one of four sites including one near EuroDisney and the other near Versailles. Whether this is a bargaining ploy or something serious remains to be seen.

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