The week in tennis at a glance
Tuesday 24 October 2000
- Alex Corretja beat fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-2 to win the Adidas Open in Toulouse, France.
- Lindsay Davenport beat American compatriot Venus Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to win the Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria.
- Sweden's Magnus Norman beat Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands's 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Heineken Open men's singles in Shanghai, China.
- Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States won the Heineken Open women's singles, beating Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan 7-6 (2), 7-5 in Shanghai, China.
"One loss in 35 (matches) isn't that bad ... this year I've suffered only four losses, and the most important thing is that I produce a lot of good tennis." - Venus Williams, after losing to Lindsay Davenport in the final at Linz, Austria.
"Even if I play my father, I will try to kill him on court." - Carlos Moya, on playing countryman and good friend Alex Corretja in the final at Toulouse, France.
"I feel very fulfilled with my career. In fact, it has turned out much better than I expected ... and I wanted to leave while I was still at my best." - Belgium's Dominique Van Roost, announcing her retirement.
"Marat likes Moscow, he likes its night life, restaurants, good-looking girls." - Russia's Alexander Volkov talking about U.S. Open champion and part-time student Marat Safin.
"Because my dad makes my mom nervous." - American Michael Chang, on why his parents always sit apart during his matches.
"The USTA is doing an excellent job getting more minorities involved in tennis. Venus and Serena have been a huge asset. ... In my program, a lot of kids came out and wanted to be just like Venus and Serena." - American Zina Garrison.
"We surpassed our wildest expectations. There are a lot of children who need our support, and anything we can do to help them is a privilege." - Britain's Tim Henman, on the amount of money his inaugural charity drive raised for children.
Don Black, who reached the third round at Wimbledon in 1953 and 1956 while competing at the All England Club six times in the 1950s has died of cancer. He is best known as the father of three professional players - Byron, Wayne and Cara Black. After retiring, Don built four grass courts in the backyard of the family's avocado farm in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he taught all three of his children. Byron pulled out of his quarterfinal in Shanghai, China, and Cara ceded her second-round match in Linz, Austria, to return home. Byron and Wayne have led Zimbabwe into the Davis Cup World Group.
SAYING SO LONG
Dominique Van Roost, Belgium's top player who is ranked 18th in the world, announced her immediate retirement from tennis, although she may play two more events. "I felt at the start of the this year that I had achieved all the goals I had set out for myself in tennis and the only one remaining was to win a medal at the Olympic Games," said Van Roost, who teamed with Els Callens to win the bronze medal in doubles at Sydney. She said she would play Fed Cup in Las Vegas next month if she is selected for the Belgian team and the season-ending Chase Championships in New York if she and Callens qualify for the doubles.
Ecuador's Davis Cup team is just going to have to get used to playing on grass. Brothers Nicolas and Giovanni Lapentti upset Britain at Wimbledon to gain a spot next year in the World Group, the only 16 nations who actually compete for the famed international team tennis trophy. So as a reward, Ecuador drew Australia as a first-round opponent and their Feb. 9-11 tie will be played in February on the grass courts of the Royal Kings Park in Perth. Australia will have a new captain and coach for the competition, former players John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur, respectively.
SET TO PLAY
The United States, seeded No. 1, will face Belgium in the semifinals of the Fed Cup, which will be held Nov. 21-25 in Las Vegas, while second-seeded Spain will play the Czech Republic. The two winning nations will then face off in the final. The Americans will be led by Lindsay Davenport, while sisters Venus and Serena Williams are also expected to play.
Mary Joe Fernandez returned to the WTA Tour in Shanghai when she lost 7-5, 6-4 to third-seeded Tamarine Tanasurgarn in a first-round match. It was Mary Joe's first tournament since Filderstadt, Germany, last year. In April, the right-hander from Miami was married to Tony Godsick.
Bob Kain has been named senior executive vice president of IMG and chief operating officer of IMG North and South America. ... Barry Masters, tournament director of the Adidas International in Sydney, Australia, died earlier this month. He was 63.
SITES TO SURF Moscow: www.kremlincup.ru/ Basel: www.swissindoors.ch/ Quebec: www.tenniscanada.com/ Stuttgart: www.masters-series.com/stuttgart/frameset.html
Tournaments This Week
ATP TOUR $1,000,000 Kremlin Cup, carpet, Moscow $1,000,000 Swiss Indoors, carpet, Basel, Switzerland
WTA TOUR $1,080,000 Ladies Kremlin Cup, carpet, Moscow $110,000 Slovak Indoors, hard, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tournaments Week of Oct. 30
ATP TOUR $2,950,000 Tennis Masters Series-Stuttgart, hard, Stuttgart, Germany
WTA TOUR $535,000 Sparkassen Cup, carpet, Leipzig, Germany $170,000 Bell Challenge, hard, Quebec, Canada
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