One of his colleagues, Matthias Giese, 37, of Germany, who has also served
as an umpire at major tournaments around the world, said after years of
umpiring, he's learned to deal with the pressure on the court and to focus
on the game. As for Hawk-Eye, he said it's good for the game and makes his
job easier to some degree. "It's better now with Hawk-Eye. I think it's good
for officiating and it's an aid for us. It's not putting us under pressure,"
Both umpires said Hawk-Eye could lead to trouble with players - or at least
bring a little embarrassment - if the computer puts the ball several
centimeters away from the line, as opposed to just one."If it's a millimeter
or something, they don't get angry. But if you miss by 20 centimeters, they
would be angry," he said. Most of the time, Giese said, umpires get it
"It's entertaining for the spectators and the players see we're not so bad,"
he said, adding that before Hawk-Eye's introduction, players were "more
angry, yelling and stuff like that".
Ball boys and girls help tournament run smoothly -
What to make of the year-end championships? - Joel Drucker,
Perhaps in some ways, what occurs this week is less about clarifying 2007
and more a matter of jockeying for 2008... Because the field is so small and
inherently deep, there's definitely a sense of urgency in the air when it
comes to the actual matches. It's not a tournament where you can work your
way into form. For this reason, said Martin, "This is one case where the
round-robin format is quite workable. Guys know they'll play at least three
matches, and they also know it's the one tournament where [it's] possible to
lose and still win the event." Indeed, 14 times over the last 21 years the
eventual winner took a loss earlier in the tournament -- and if Federer
hopes to win this year, he'll need to overcome an opening loss to Fernando
Still, it's a shame there can't be at least a few all-star-game-like
elements added to the mix. For example, there was a time several years ago
when the ATP and WTA spoke with one another about staging their respective
year-end events at the same time and place. Like the Grand Slams and such
venues as Key Biscayne and Indian Wells, the value for fans and viewers
alike could be spectacular. But recent actions and a slew of disparate
marketing and business objectives have made this increasingly unlikely.
...Martin's belief is that the Tennis Masters Cup is best thought of as "as
a video game when you enter the bonus screen. You can't die, you can't lose
your ship, but you can get tons and tons of points. It's very special."
Williams sisters aim for Olympic doubles gold -
Williams, 27, said she and Serena, who combined to win the Olympic doubles
at the 2000 Sydney Games, were eager to join forces at January's Australian
"We're really excited," Williams said. "We love playing together and also we
want to play doubles in the Olympics, so we're starting right off in the new
Williams said she sees "an infinite future" for herself in fashion design
but is not nearly ready to quit tennis.
"As far as tennis, I don't think about the future. I'm in the middle of my
career. I'm looking forward to the next season and I'm going to go for
The lure of the Olympics for mother Davenport -
The 32-ranked player tried to avoid questions on the issue of match-fixing
in the men's circuit saying, "it does not happen in the women's circuit to
my knowledge. I have not experienced any such instances. If it is happening
on the ATP circuit, it is not good for the game. I am not that experienced
to make any comment on such things."
On Justine Henin's domination on the WTA circuit, Sania said, "Henin is a
lady Federer. She is what Federer (Roger) is on the men's circuit. She is a
terror for all players and she wins whatever tournament that she competes
On her injuries Sania said, "My knee injury was a freak accident. It hurts
only when I serve. Every athlete in the circuit suffers from such niggling
injuries. It cannot be avoided when you are playing at that level but
sometimes injuries also help you to do better since you have to work harder
to strive for positive results."
Vijay Amritraj is diplomacy
personified but it doesn't mean that the former tennis star minces words
when it comes to stating opinions. Like on the struggles of the Indian Davis
Cup squad. Or on the state of junior tennis in India. Or even on the Asian
Tennis Federation's (ATF) threat to form their own circuit.
"The ATF's demand that the ATP increase its quota for Asian players is
ridiculous. The ATP can only support merit. It's not a job creation scheme,"
is his emphatic answer. "Especially now when there's no shortage of
opportunities, talent and sponsors, it really is a sad situation. There are
enough opportunities to generate points at the lower levels. There are
plenty of tournaments at all levels in Asia, right from Doha to Seoul. You
can move up the rankings by participating and winning. It really is as
simple as that."
For Once, Federer Finds Himself Chasing Roddick
- Tom Perrotta, New
We are speaking of absolutes here: Roddick's best against Federer's. Roddick
isn't going to win that contest, but what's odd is that he has never
happened upon a day when he plays well and Federer doesn't. Fifteen matches
is no small sample - Roddick is certainly due for some luck. Could tomorrow
be that day? So far during this tournament, Federer is far from his best.
While that could change at a moment's notice, Federer seems sufficiently out
of sync for one to think that he won't be absolutely dazzling.
And what if Federer does a number on Roddick again? The U.S. Open title
isn't on the line this time and there's no hoard of American reporters
waiting to bludgeon Roddick with questions about how great Federer is, how
great Roddick isn't, and, "Oh by the way, how did it feel to have your butt
15-year-old Coco Vandeweghe specializes in playing lengthy
matches - Leighton Ginn,
The Charlie M Classic moved to La Quinta because of the wildfires in the San
Diego area. The Vandeweghes and Fritz were on the edge of the wildfires.
Fritz said the fires came to the edge of his gated community before finally
extinguishing. Vandeweghe's mother, Tauna, said the fires were less than a
mile away from their home. Tauna said they evacuated just in the nick of
...Amber Liu will take on Angela Haynes. Liu is accompanied to the
tournament by 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang. Liu, the two-time
NCAA champion from Stanford, lives near Chang and knows her through his
cousin. Chang said he plans to open an academy in Shenzhen, China. "It's not
going to be small," Chang said. "It's a good opportunity to give back and
make an impact."
"Grey man" David Ferrer continues to surprise
- Barry Flatman, The
Nadal needed to beat the Serb, in straight sets if possible, and then keep
everything crossed in the hope that whoever won the David Ferrer vs Richard
Gasquet match did so in straight sets - that way the winner and Nadal would
Gasquet winning in three sets could have ended Nadal's challenge but, in the
end, Ferrer, Nadal's friend and countryman, walloped Gasquet 6-1, 6-1 and
the Spaniards together tripped lightly into the final weekend.
Feisty Ferrer shows it's the size of the fight in the dog that
matters - Steve Bierley, The
The 25-year-old Spaniard had the look of a kid let loose in a toy shop when
he arrived here. This was something new and extremely special, and it might
have overwhelmed the man from Valencia if he had thought about it too much,
or changed his style of play. Instead he settled himself in, practised
assiduously, and then set about knocking off his fellow top players, even if
his black hair was always drenched lank with perspiration. In his opening
round-robin match he beat Djokovic, the world No3, in straight sets, then he
defeated Nadal, and yesterday France's Richard Gasquet was swept away 6-1,
Ferrer thus topped his group, and was joined in the semi-finals yesterday by
Nadal, with Andy Roddick having qualified from his group on Wednesday. The
winner of today's Roger Federer-Roddick match will now play Nadal in
tomorrow's semi-final, with Ferrer up against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, or
Roddick or Federer in the other semi-final. Round-robin formats can be lots
of fun, but frequently require a maths degree to comprehend.
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