I had a short telephone interview with former world No.1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport last week. The topic was the Tennis Night in America, the sport's largest youth recruitment effort, which culminated on March 1 when the best stars in tennis competed for the Billie Jean King Cup at the Madison Square Garden.
I know that many of you have eagerly been awaiting the interview, and here it is. My voice is not very clear, probably because I was calling from afar, but anyway, the focus is on Lindsay. I asked her about the main objective of Youth Registration events and Tennis Night in America, why she would suggest people to join, and about her opinion on the general state of women’s tennis in the US. Also, as promised, I asked Lindsay about the way players are selected for the BNP Paribas Showdown, as we are having a discussion here on Women's Tennis Blog whether the criterion is the player’s number of Grand Slam titles, year-end No.1 ranking, popularity, or possibly something else.
Thank you, Lindsay, for taking your time to talk to me, Jim from KEF Media Associates, thank you for organizing the interview. I hope we'll have more opportunities like this one.