News and notes from around the game.
Who’s your Andy Daddy?
Happy news from the cross-SI couple of Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker, who have been married since 2009.
They have announced an imminent arrival.
People Magazine’s website spread the news.
Decker’s fellow modely pal Chrissie Teigen noticed the one at left (later corrected, at right).
Which led to quite a hilarious exchange with Andy Murray, for whom the ink is barely dry on the certificate from his April 11 wedding to Kim Sears.
Probably a mental block on the part of the web editor – with the Royal baby born, with Murray being British, you know, that kind of stuff.
Congratulations to them as well as to Petra Kvitova’s PR goddess, Katie Spellman (another Royal brit, but one transplanted to Toronto), on the birth of her second child, a daughter named Poppy, on April 30.
Meanwhile, Quebecer Marie-Eve Pelletier, who retired from the WTA Tour a couple of years ago and married former NHL goalie Pascal Leclaire, is bursting and ready to go. The due date is May 11 for the couple’s first child.
Here she was, hanging in there until the bitter end, during Genie Bouchard’s match against Andreea Mitu at Fed Cup. She’s with another recent Quebec retiree, Stéphanie Dubois, who happily reported she’s continuing to plan her upcoming wedding to Oliver Sheath (another Brit – there’s a theme). The happy day will be July 18, up in the Laurentians.
You want preggers? Marie-Eve is PREGGO. This was two weeks ago, too. (Yes, that’s Genie Bouchard exiting the court, after Françoise Abanda’s loss to Alexandra Dulgheru. (No, she didn’t stop to say hello; maybe she doesn’t know who she is). Pelletier said that things were going terrifically well, and that she had zero complaints.
That’s it for the tennis baby news. Except for one.
A doubles specialist from Hungary, 35-year-old Katalin Marosi, is back on tour after taking a break to marry and become a mom.
Marosi, who was born in Romania, doesn’t have a WTA title, but she has 15 singles and 31 doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. She made three WTA doubles finals, including Estoril in 2009 with Canadian Sharon Fichman. She reached her career best of No. 101 in singles exactly 15 years ago this week.
She got married in Oct. 2013, announced her retirement in January, 2014, had a baby boy (Csaba), then decided to return.
According to the ITF reinstated list, her official return to the doping regime was March 10, 2015 (we have to assume that is the day the three-month period was up, otherwise she wouldn’t be able to play tournament).
Marosi was ranked No. 105 when she last played, so we’ll go on the presumption that her protected ranking is around there.
She returned in Katowice, Poland a few weeks ago, paired with Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia. They won a round before losing in the quarter-finals. It was Marosi’s first match since the 2013 U.S. Open. She was playing with American Megan Moulton-Levy back then.
Moulton-Levy, as it happens, has been out with a back injury much of 2015. But she is in Madrid as a supporter this week (and long played with another former Marosi doubles partner, Darija Jurak of Croatia – as with the boys, it’s neverending musical chairs).
On Saturday, she and partner Chen Liang of China upset the Aussie Rodionova sisters, 6-7 (6) 76 (6), 10-5 to move into the second round. Ol’ Anastasia must been pleased.
There has been no announcement that Genie Bouchard’s contract with Nike, which expired at the end of 2014, has been renewed, although we’ve heard rumblings (we tried, through official channels, to get some information on this but – as usual – crickets).
But whatever her contract status, she hasn’t stopped wearing the clothes or, it seems, taking part in promotional shoots.
Here’s the latest:
Bouchard left Montreal last Tuesday night for Madrid with – okay, all you young fellas on Twitter who are going to have a cow about this – boyfriend Jordan Caron in tow. This would probably qualify as the first “Genie on the road with a BF” trip. So who knows, maybe it’ll bring her good luck and keep her in check 🙂
Bouchard also has been sporting two industrial-strength ankle supports during practice and, observers tell Open Court, has been having some LONG practices. This has often been the norm since coach Sam Sumyk took over – even in the first few days in Montreal when no one yet knew they were a team. Whether it’s a good idea just a couple of days before Bouchard’s first match in Madrid, against Barbora (the Handshake) Strycova, we shall soon see.
Bouchard’s match is on Stadium 3, which technically is a TV court. She’s the second match on, after a qualies match between Janko Tipsarevic and Thanasi Kokkinakis. So far, the Tennis TV sked only has one match televised from that court – the third match on between Andrea Petkovic and Flavia Pennetta. Hopefully that changes.
Tennis TV has the first three women’s matches from the Arantxa Sanchez Vicario court but not the fourth, between Petra Kvitova and qualifier Olga Govortsova.
Roland Garros poster – 2015
Another fabulous entry in the annual Roland Garros poster collection.
It kinda, sorta a little bit looks like Pete Sampras, doesn’t it? Ironic.
Another returnee? Tamira Paszek
The charming Austrian (technically, her father is a Canadian citizen, and she could probably have played Fed Cup for Canada if they’d gotten on the ball and asked her) ranked as high as No. 26 just over two years ago in Feb., 2013, hasn’t played since last October when retired after the first set at a $50K event in France against Urszula Radwanska.
She has been crushed by injuries through her career: the lower back (2009), abs (2011), back and left thigh (2012), neck, hamstring and respiratory infection (2013).
Late in 2014, it was an adductor injury. And she is only now returning to action (with a protected ranking of about No. 129 – nearly exactly six months after her last event. So obviously she waited until the protected injury ranking could kick in.
Paszek played a $25K event in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy (Sardinia, to be precise), and lost in the first round to Nastja Kolar of Slovenia 6-0, 7-6. She was the top seed. She also played doubles and lost in the first round there.
After a week off last week, she is in the main draw of the $100,000 tournament in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France next week. Obviously looking at the French Open qualifying, if all goes well. Paszek qualified in Paris a year ago and lost to Dominika Cibulkova in the second round.
She’s still only 24; plenty of time. Looks like she’s still going strong with former Romanian player (and Rogers Cup champ) Andrei Pavel. Pavel is 41; it seemed a little bit ‘ewwwwwwww’ when they first started dating but now that she’s getting up there, it’s not quite as cradle-robbingy.
Here are some really nice Tweets from other players from their countries about accomplishments this week.
Some other countries – who shall remain nameless, should try that kind of camaraderie. Look at it as “us against the rest of the world”, not “us against each other.”
Old-school skirt makes a return
This was Gabriela Ce of Brazil in Charlottesville Saturday, wearing a skirt from Asics.
It looked kind of familiar, although not necessarily in a good way.
All we could come up with were the two fashion moments from eons ago.
The wrap skirt (or the “half-wrap” or the “faux-wrap”) was NEVER a good look.
Schwank also on the comeback trail
As of last week, Argentine Eduardo Schwank no longer has a singles ranking, after not playing since July, 2014.
The 29-year-old says he’ll start his comeback next week.
His career highs were No. 48 in singles and No. 14 in doubles in 2011.
When you start thinking of the players who have missed significant amounts of time in the last few years, they really do start piling up.