Tag Archive | Martina Navratilova

Get well soon.

Thanks to FortuneCookie for alerting me.

Martina Navratilova has told PEOPLE that she’s been diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer called DCIS. In layman terms, “it was the best-case scenario you could imagine for detecting breast cancer,” says Dr. Mindy Nagle, Navratilova’s ob gyn.

The good news is that it was detected early, so the prognosis is said to be excellent. Quotes can be read here. I won’t do the cut-and-paste, except to say that the disease has obviously picked the wrong gal to be fighting against, because Navratilova doesn’t lose very often.

Get well soon Martina, and I’ll think of you when I get my pink ribbon this year.

xx doots

Picket Fence Newsreel: Deserting the desert.

1. The withdrawal bug has hit Indian Wells: Del Potro and Gonzalez are officially out.

The former is still struggling with wristy business and the latter needs the time to raise money for the earthquake relief effort in his home country. I don’t know what Gonzo’s planning, but why couldn’t he have done what Zheng Jie did for the Szechuan earthquakes and donated his tournament winnings?  EDIT: WORD JUST OUT – Gonzo will be playing either Fed or Rafa in Miami to raise funds for Chile.

Davydenko and Federer are “technically” still on the entry list, although I wouldn’t be surprised if  we see a last-minute withdrawal from Dayvo.



2. We’ve all been touched by the tragedies in Haiti and Chile. The same rings true for many tennis players. The Hit for Haiti program in Indian Wells announced today that it will feature Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Martina Navratilova in addition to Federer/Sampras v Nadal/Agassi. That’s 94 grand slams over 3 decades of arse-kickery. Smelling salts anyone? 

But as I tweeted earlier, what I’d really love to see is Roger and Steffi in mixed doubles. They remind me a lot of each other.



3. Mentioning Haiti, can you find a tennis player in this video?




4. The dramas within Tennis Australia make the snooty private girl school I went to look like a community of Buddhist monks. Stop the factionalism and get your shit together, TA.


McNamee, the former Australian Open CEO and a current Tennis Australia presidential candidate, has been credited with helping to smooth the rift between Hewitt and his talented heir apparent. The players recently shared a telephone conversation that both have said helped resolve differences, notably a practice-session snub at Wimbledon that Tomic has described as a ”misunderstanding”.

McNamee confirmed yesterday that he had played a role in the bridge-building, while refusing to divulge specifics on the basis that ”it’s just so good for the sport that it’s been sorted out”. Yet he was clearly bemused by Fitzgerald’s claim that Tomic had heard only from Hewitt and that no third parties had been involved.

”He hasn’t heard from Paul [McNamee] or anyone and I don’t know whether there’s any self-promotion around from any corners of the tennis community,” cup captain Fitzgerald said on Saturday. ”But all I know is that Paul hasn’t had anything to do with this Davis Cup team, not for the last 10 years and not now. I want to make that very clear.”

McNamee’s response: ”I was there, so that’s all I can say. If I’m there, I’m there. It’s extraordinary.”



5. It’s Oscar season and Serena Williams looks ready to hit the parties during her Indian Wells absence. She made a shimmery appearance at the Global Green pre-Oscar party. As the name suggests, eco-friendly is the new Avatar.





6. Since we’re talking flicks, Paradon Srichaphan’s been busy promoting his new movie, the historical thriller “Bang Rajan 2”.




A man of many talents, apparently.



7. Shock! Horror! Outrage!

No Federporn Friday this week. As you can see, I am Macbookless and stuck with a desktop PC 😦

xx doots

Picket Fence Newsreel

So we’ve arrived at the business end of a grand slam now. Rafa fans are crying. Muzza fans have gone off to eat grass. Dinara fans want Cibulkova-blood. And Fed fans? Fedfans are

a) prematurely celebrating

b) prematurely freaking out

c) in a hole, traumatised. 

d) all of the above. 


Yup. We’re freaks, what’s your problem? 


So how about some non-slam related stuff to lighten up the atmosphere? 


1. Belated birthday wishes for two former Roland Garros champions this week: Justine Henin (27) and Rafael Nadal (23). It scares me shitless just to call Nadal a former Roland Garros champ. Hope I don’t get struck by lightning for it.


2. Also somewhat belated, congrats to Sania Mirza, who is engaged to an Indian businessman also named Mirza. Just a coincidence, nothing incestuous there. 


3. Justine had a nice present last week from the French Open organisers – an alley named after her. I hope there’s a highway out there somewhere for Roger one day. I won’t take anything with less than 6 lanes. 



4. The Forbes Celebrity 100 is out. And boy – did the WTA rule? 4 female players came into the top 100, with Serena at #68, Maria Sharapova at #76, Venus just one spot below her at # 77, and Ana Ivanovic scraping into the Top 100 at #90. On the men’s side of things, only one male tennis player made the list. But he’s a good one. Roger Federer is the 27th most powerful celebrity in the world, according to Forbes. 


Roger’s pal Tiger was the highest ranked athlete at #5. In case you were wondering who came first – Angelina Jolie took out Oprah. How did that happen? (Clickey for full list)


5. Err – I know we’re still on clay, but has anyone checked out the field for Halle? Novak Djokovic, Fernando Verdasco, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Soderling, Berdych, Kohlshcreiber … oh yeah, and that Swiss Whatshisface too. The Gerry Weber Open organisers should send a thank-you note to the Fed. He’s single handedly turned this somewhat minor grass court tournament into a legitimate rival for Queen’s. (Clickey for the players list thus far) 


6. Martina Navratilova calls grunters “cheaters”. I just included the quote because I like Roger. Moving on…


“Roger Federer doesn’t make a noise when he hits the ball – go and listen,” Navratilova said. “The grunting has reached an unacceptable level. It is cheating, pure and simple. It is time for something to be done.”

Source: clickey


7. They didn’t see it coming: the ITF planned their “World Champions Dinner” in Paris to present awards to this year’s recipients – Nadal and Jankovic, only to have the pair of them sent packing before the actual dinner. Rafa and JJ sent video apologies instead. Anti-climatic muchos? (Clickey to read more)


8. Mentioning apologies, I think poor old Mama Sneki deserves one. What kinda daughter are you JJ


JJ back in Belgrade after Roland Garros. 


9. And Fed Cup draws for 2010 are OUT. Golly gee – Russia drew Serbia. US to play France. Australia, for anyone who’s interested, drew Spain. (Clickey for full draw)