Saturday, December 27, 2008

In case you haven't heard..........

Mary Pierce, remember her?, is planning to return to tennis. More specifically, she plans to make a splash at the French Open. The frenchwoman has won 2 grand slams, Roland Garrosn in 2000 and Melbourne in 1995. “I care about Roland Garros. If I could stand in center court for one match, that would already be a big victory,” Pierce said. She has not played on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour since Linz in 2006, when she ruptured a ligament in her left knee. “I don’t feel it’s the right moment (to announce my retirement),” she told L’Equipe. She also says that her knee is recovered, yet still contains some weakness. Pierce, 34, isn't hanging up her rackets yet.

John Isner, 23, and Christina McHale, 16, have garnered a spot in next months Australian Open through the USTA wild-card tournaments. For McHale, it will be her first Grand Slam appearance of her career. Isner has already competed in numerous Grand Slams so far in his career, reaching as far as the 3rd Round of the 2007 US Open, taking a set off of then world no. 1 Roger Federer. After going 3 for 3 in round robin play, McHale, out of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey defeated Gail Brodsky 0 and 1 to clinch a spot in Melbourne Jan. 19th.

Peter Lundgren, former coach of Roger Federer, Marat Safin and Marcos Baghdatis will try to tackle a new role next year. He has accepted a job coaching at a tennis academy in Paris. Lundgren expressed his excitement for now coaching multiple players, not just one at a time. "I'm tired of working with just one player at a time," he said. "I'll start work (at the academy) in January and my ambition is to find young, interesting players for the future. My first task will be to go to Australia in January and check some names out." Lundgren also said that he is not ruling out coaching on the ATP tour once again.

Legend, 12 time Grand Slam winner and 2 time Calender Year Grand Slammer, Rod Laver, will reunite with former foes at a ceremony in Melbourne next month. 40 years ago, the tennis God won all 4 majors in the same year. He is also the last man to achive the milestone. Laver will meet again with Andreas Gimeno (Australian Open Finalist 1969), Ken Rosewall (French Open Finalist 1969), John Newcombe (Wimbledon Finalist 1969) and Tony Roche (US Open Finalist 1969). The former rivals will discuss their roles in tennis history on Womens Finals Day, Jan 31st.
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