I'm still surprised at the controversy regarding the decision by the folks at Tennis Canada to follow the rules and not grant a Main Draw Wild Card to media darling Ana Ivanovic who is currently ranked about #65 in the world. Why am I surprised this controversy rages on? I don't remember hearing much of an outcry when the AELTC juggled the men's rankings this year. To judge by the volume level you'd think the world of tennis as we know it was falling down around our heads. It's not.
As one tennishead said Ana is playing as if she is still a top ten player. She is not playing the International level tournaments to try and get her ranking up and when she's in a Main Draw she has yet to go deep.
To cite a very recent example James Ward of Great Britain was granted a Wild Card into the ATP Atlanta Main Draw due to some kind of quid pro quo between the USTA and the LTA. I actually watched some of the "match". I put match in quotes because all I saw was Mardy Fish having a practice hit. If Ana is shoe horned into the MD in Montreal we could see a similar "match".
I don't usually have anything too positive to say about Tennis Canada but in this case I'm glad to see them holding their ground so far. There is always the chance that with Serena Williams withdrawal things could change.
1 1 Williams, Serena USA 8475
2 2 Jankovic, Jelena SRB 5900
3 3 Williams, Venus USA 5606
4 4 Wozniacki, Caroline DEN 5555
5 5 Stosur, Samantha AUS 4890
6 6 Dementieva, Elena RUS 4670
7 7 Clijsters, Kim BEL 4510
8 8 Schiavone, Francesca ITA 4285
9 9 Zvonareva, Vera RUS 3965
10 10 Li, Na CHN 3756
Serena's ranking is secure until the US Open. I've seen Serena play with injury before but if the healing is not complete by then lt's hope she does what's best for Serena and not for the tour.
Andy Roddick said that no one jumped him, he was not bound and gagged in his sleep or otherwise highjacked and ended up with his new haircut. It was all his idea he says.
Nikolay Davydenko whose brother Edouard has been a fixture in his box is in the market for a coach. Edouard wants to concentrate on the budding career of his son and would not be available to coach his brother full time.
Stan Wawrinka dismissed his long time coach and is now being guided by Peter Lundgren.
Vera Zvonareva told the world that she'd posted this pic of herself on her Facebook site. The general consensus is not positive but I like it. It's edgy. Sue me.