So the big news is the report from Poland that Elena Demetieva made a deal with the organizers of the Polsat tournament that she would come and play one match, lose, and then head to Paris to prepare for RG. Of course ducats were to be paid for her to show up in Warsaw.
story is in Polish and so far no one else is discussing it.
Whether the allegations are true or not has to be determined by the WTA. I wouldn't hold my breath though. We should also not forget that the Tournament Director is feuding with the Radwanska family over payment of appearance fees and this could possibly be a case of him blabbing to a friendly journalist. Time will tell.
Juan Martin del Potro will not defend his US Open title. He had wrist surgery in early May and is now recuperating in his hometown of Tandil in Argentina. There was also talk a few weeks ago that Juan Martin was having panic attacks but that was quickly squashed.
I watched Caroline Wozniacki play Zheng Jie on tape delay on Tennis Channel. Wozniacki's ankle was taped when the match started and she took a medical time out to have it redone for better support. I have to say that there were not a lot of fans in the stands for that match which featured the highest ranking woman of Polish descent. I'm just saying.
I got a chance to rewatch the second set of the Madrid men's final about 2a this morning. My opinion? It was a whiff. Rafael Nadal's return bounced high and Roger Federer swung his racquet to hit the ball where he thought it was going to be not where it was. I still say if TennisChannel had replayed the shot ad nauseam as they would've done if it had been any other player whiffing match point there would be no argument. The YouTube replays are too short to let a fan make an honest decision.
The Men's and Women's singles draws for the French Open will be done tomorrow at 11:30a Paris time. That's about 5:30a Eastern US time. As is usual for the French the draw will be available live online.