Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ivanovic says "thanks, but no thanks," to Rogers Cup offer

Ana Ivanovic, as most readers know, wanted a wild card into the Rogers Cup tournament. The former Rogers Cup champion was turned down because tournament officials were holding the wild cards for Canadian player Stephanie Dubois, in case she needed it. That's what Ivanovic says tournament director Eugene Lapierre told her management.

But that isn't exactly what Lapierre told the press. "...the fact is that she hasn't demonstrated that she deserves a wild card," is what he said. Ivanovic says that not only do these remarks contradict what her management told her Lapierre said, but she also found the remarks "unnecessary."

This week, Ivanovic was offered a Rogers Cup wild card, and she turned it down. The 2006 champion says she has no problem qualifying to play in the tournament, but that she now feels unwelcome in Montreal, and she is obviously not happy with the way things were handled.

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