Picket Fence Newsreel: the Absentees.
Courtesy of the demands of modern tennis:
- Serena Williams has withdrawn from Charleston. Not that I expected her to play, but her absence since the Australian Open has been one of the longer spells in recent years. I wonder if she’s lost a little motivation to play after all her slam successes in the past 2 years. Are we in for one of her “disinterest – career dip – raring comeback” phases again?
- Maria Sharapova has also withdrawn from the same tournament, still bothered by her elbow injury.
- Sabine Lisicki is out of Charleston with her left ankle problem.
- Del Potro is out of Monte Carlo, with no specific date set for his return. His physician is still waiting for the swelling on his wrist to subsided before giving him the green light to play. No surgery is required.
- Soderling‘s total mindfuck against Berdych in Miami could perhaps be explained by his knee injury. He’s official out of Monte Carlo.
- As is Monfils, who hurt his hand during the Davis Cup last month.
- Gilles Simon (oh remember him?) rate his chances of competing in the French Open at about 20%. Damn those knees.
- Lots of Americans fall in Houston with bodily niggles: Fish, Ram, Dent, Russell.
- Azarenka retired in Marbella with a thigh injury. The only positive being that she did it against MJMS, who’s through to the semis. Hoorah!
In non-injury related news:
9. BBC reporting that Leon Smith has been named the next Davis Cup captain for Great Britain after John Lloyd’s resignation last month.
Seems that Tennis Australia isn’t the only federation with bad internal politics. Former captain David Lloyd has told the London Times that it would be “impossible” for Smith to be appointed to the captaincy. “It would be a joke. I’m telling you, they can’t do that.”
10. The Times of Indian reports that Mirza and Shoaib have moved their wedding forward to today.
And nope, the controversies ain’t going away. In a TV interview, Indian right-winger Pramod Muthalik has labelled poor Sania as a “disgrace” to her country for marrying someone from ‘an enemy nation’.
“Sania Mirza is not an ordinary youngster. She represents India in the field of tennis. She is indebted to India for her success and she has to act as a role model to others. Being in her position, it is a disgrace that she chose to marry someone from Pakistan and her decision is a shame for our country.”
Countries and cultures may differ, but bigots worldwide are exactly the same.
11. Happy birthday to Sorana Cirstea, who turned 20 on the 7th April, and had a tennis cake to celebrate the occasion. I want a tennis cake.
Unfortunately, the birthday girl was upset by 18 year-old reigning French Open junior champ, Simona Halep, better known as the Breast-Reduction Girl.
Sorry to be totally vulgar, but friggin hell … 18?
6. You saw it coming. You were in denial. And now you have to face up to the truth:
The last two wild cards for Monte Carlo have been given to Simone Bolelli and Bernie Tomic.
Well, in any case, I hope the reetard gets Mirka a nice one year wedding anniversary gift.