Jelena Dokic has launched her new website atjelenadokic.net and here is her welcome message:
The 27-year-old Dokic has direct entry to the main draw of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Her opponent in the first round of Roland Garros will be world No.25 Lucie Safarova. The former world No.4 Dokic played the quarterfinals of the tournament in 2002. Last year she retired with a back injury while leading world No.4 Elena Dementieva by a set and a break in the second round.
Dokic’s last tournament was this month’s $50,000 challenger in Prague where she reached the third round, and before Prague she played Indian Wells in March. The two months in-between the world No.117 spent recovering from a leg injury.
I am happy to announce that last week I had the honor of chatting with tennis great Chris Evert about the changes in women’s tennis in the past decades, about the best players on clay and the favorite for the upcoming Roland Garros, and about women’s tennis in the US.
I would use this opportunity to point out just a few facts from Chris Evert's astonishing career, lasting from 1972 to 1989 (and really this is just a small selection of all her achievements).
owns the highest winning percentage in pro tennis history
winner of 154 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles
winner of 18 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles
winner of 18 Grand Slam titles: 2 Australian Open titles, record 7 titles at Roland Garros, 3 Wimbledon titles, and 6 US Open titles
reached semifinals or better of 52 of last 56 Grand Slams
No.1 ranking in singles
has the best record on clay of any player for any single surface with a 125-match win streak set from August 1973-May 1979, until Tracy Austin defeated her 6-4 2-6 7-6 in 1979 Rome semifinals
holds Open Era record for most consecutive Grand Slam semifinals or better with 34 from 1971 US Open through 1983 Roland Garros
won at least one Grand Slam title per year for 13 years, 1974-86
inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995
I would like to thank Chris for being such an amazing and pleasant person to talk to, and for giving so comprehensive and straight answers. Also, I would like to thank Jim from KEF Media Associates for arranging this interview for me and for being so great to cooperate with. Remember, Jim also connected me with Lindsay Davenport in February.
The left foot injury Kim Clijsters sustained during the Fed Cup tie against Estonia last month has taken its toll and now it’s confirmed that the Belgian will miss the 2010 French Open.
The world No.10 Clijsters hasn’t played the French Open since reaching the semifinals in 2006 and will be replaced by Stephanie Dubois this year. However, the Belgian two-time Grand Slam champion is working on being ready for the season on grass and is expected to play at Easbourne prior to Wimbledon.
The latest news is also that Sania Mirza, Urszula Radwanska, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Sabine Lisicki will also miss Roland Garros and will be replaced by Katie O’Brien, Anne Keothavong, Ekateryna Bychkova and Johanna Larsson. (source: On the Baseline, photo by our reader Tony)
A lot of you like to know what our favorite players will be wearing at majors ahead of us, and here's what a poster over at Tennis Forum says will be Elena Dementieva's dresses for the tournaments to come: the first image in this post is showing the Russian's dresses planned for Roland Garros 2010, the white one is for Wimbledon, and the third image is displaying two dresses intended for the US Open.
I find Dementieva's on-court style predominantly boring and conservative, even though none of her dresses can be considered ugly, but these new ones seem much more fresh and modern. Alright, the Wimbledon dress is still that same old Yonex style, but the dresses intended for Roland Garros and the US Open seem to bring a touch of new in Dementieva's look.
Only yesterday were we speculating what WTA players would be wearing at the start of the 2010 season, and now we already have one confirmation – Ana Ivanovic will certainly sport the yellow and red adidas adilibria dresses in the year to come.
Ivanovic will wear the yellow version of the dress at the Australian Open, while the red one is planned for the French Open.
The dresses are made of 100% recycled PES (polyester) and are part of the adidas sustainable Better Place range. ClimaCool® moisture management technology is included in the upper back and neck area, which keeps player’s body as cool as possible.
The adidas Barricade V will be Ivanovic's shoes of choice.