Saturday, July 27, 2013

Passing shots

Today, in a telephone interview with Tennis Channel, recently enshrined Hall of Fame member Martina Hingis said there was no foundation to the rumor that she will return to singles play on the tour next year. She took time to express admiration for Kimiko Date-Krumm, but said that playing singles was "for the young people."

Hingis, by the way, was just awarded the Most Valuable Female Player designation in World Team Tennis. The WTT final will take place tomorrow. Defending champions, the Washington Kastles (Hingis's team), will play the Springfield Lasers. The Kastles are the two-time defending champions.

Former British number 1 Anne Keothavong has retired from professional tennis. Keothavong was the only British player to reach any WTA semifinals (she played in seven of them) between 1992 and 2012. The twelve-year WTA veteran is going into broadcasting, and will cover 21 WTA events for BT Sport.

Marion Bartoli and Tsvetana Pironkova now have Tennis Channel promo spots.

You can get to know Nicole Gibbs.

The New York City City Council has approved a $500 million expansion to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Shahar Peer and 7th seed Elina Svitolina will play in the Baku final tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

wasn't that "rumour" comment attributed to lindsay davenport?


Diane said...

She seems to be the one who started it, as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

Well, yes and no. Tennis magazine evidently mis-quoted Lindsay, who said "I wouldn't be surprised" if MH decided to play singles again, not that MH already IS planning a return to singles. Lindsay made that correction on twitter, but by that time the rumor had spread.

Diane said...

That's pretty much how it always goes, isn't it? I should add, however, that right after Hingis said, in the phone interview, that there was nothing to the rumor, Corina Morariu stated on the air that she wouldn't be surprised if Hingis returns to the singles tour.