The Last Word – Dec. 16, 2013

Feddie and Eddie

Roger Federer, who has flown a series of fresh, eager young lads over to his Dubai training base to practice with him, apparently also invited a more seasoned competitor.


Seriously, how many of the classicists out there would give their left one to be privy to even a single one of their conversations?

That’s just outstanding on every level.

Capriati trial postponed

CapriatiBeleaguered former American star Jennifer Capriati was due to have her trial begin Tuesday – in a case of stalking and battery involving an ex-boyfriend.

But Open Court is told that date has been cancelled, and that there will be what’s called a “status conference” about the case after the holidays, on Jan. 13.

(Pic: Tennis Hall of Fame)

Another small fish caught in match-fixing net

There will surely be more, confirmed, 100% reliable information coming in the near future.

But it appears Spanish player Guillermo Olaso, currently ranked No. 229, was the player mentioned last week as being investigated for match fixing by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The story we’ve linked to claims Olaso could have earned 20-30,000 Euros – per match. Last week, a lawyer for the player said he was the victim, not the perpetrator as the Russian mafia had laid a heavy hand on him.

Olaso played at the Futures and Challengers level in 2013, and indeed has just six career matches at the ATP Tour level. He earned $49,078 this season.

Stosur’s former coach has new pupil

Matt Cronin of Tweets that David Taylor, the longtime coach of Samantha Stosur who was let go after the season, has been working with Ajla Tomljanovic on a trial basis and is expected to accompany her to Australia.

Tomljanovic, long a promising prospect who has run into a few roadblocks so far in her fledgling career, has been based out of the Evert Academy in Florida for a long time.

Just 20, she’s currently ranked No. 77 after posting a very good 43-22 record in 2013 – mostly on the smaller circuits.

She qualified and got to the second round of the U.S. Open and also qualified at Wimbledon, losing a tough one, 9-7 in the third, to Bojana Jovanovski.

And she took full advantage of a wild card into the big Miami event.


Considering Tomljanovic started the season ranked No. 495, that’s a stupendous effort to finish inside the top 100 after missing nearly all of 2012.

Officially coached by Dad, it’s probably time she went big-league on the coaching side.

She’s a big, strong girl who really crushes the ball.

Alja Tomljanovic

And she seems to have managed to get Taylor to smile (a rare sight in recent years) – from the pic she Tweeted today.

Tomjanovic and Taylor



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2 thoughts on “The Last Word – Dec. 16, 2013

  1. That photo was tweeted Nov. 30. C’mon Steph; I thought you have an eye for the details!

    • I guess my eyesight ain’t what it used to be! I like to think the Florida sun is blinding me 🙂 Tks for setting me straight.

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