Diane Pucin, that wench from the LA TIMES gets a real tongue-lashing from Jan-Mike
YOU GO JAN-MIKE! Diane Pucin is one of the most disgusting journalists in tennis. I am glad he called her a witch twice and had to be calmed down. She is very very rude and needs to be FIRED FROM HER JOB!!!!
Here is an article from yahoo.com where this is mentioned in the last paragraph. Diane is so disrespectful to so many players and she knows nothing about tennis.
More PhotosBy BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
July 27, 2002
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A funny thing happened when Jan-Michael Gambill backed up 10 feet behind the baseline to receive Andy Roddick's powerful serves.
Gambill defeated his good friend Roddick 7-5, 6-3 in Saturday's All-American semifinal at the Mercedes-Benz Cup. He advanced to the final for the second time in two years, having lost to Michael Chang in 2000.
Defending champion Andre Agassi, the No. 2 seed, played No. 8 Max Mirnyi of Belarus in a night match.
Gambill rallied from a 5-3 deficit, with service breaks in the 10th and 12th games, to win the first set. He credited the change in momentum to a change in tactics.
``Sometimes I get a little bit bullheaded, and I just stand on the baseline and try to duke it out. Against Andy Roddick, you just can't do it, he's too good,'' Gambill said. ``I backed up and tried to give it my all. I came up with some real good returns. I was able to hit some balls deep on him.''
Roddick's frustration peaked near the end of the first set, when he was broken for the second time. He questioned an overrule on his first serve by the chair umpire, then hit a forehand wide and watched his second serve carom off his racket frame to lose the set.
While Gambill headed to his seat on the changeover, Roddick stayed on court, gesturing and complaining, before he walked to his chair and jawed at the umpire.
``Just a disagreement,'' he said. ``He thinks he can see a 130-mph serve 100 percent and no doubt in his mind he can overrule. I missed two forehands by a couple of inches.''
Roddick came out on the losing end of several close calls while continuing to go for big shots with his powerful forehand.
He later defended his strategy.
``I've been hitting forehand winners for the past four days and everybody's talking about, `Oh wow, it's the greatest forehand in the world.' And I miss a couple today, and it's all of a sudden, `Do you think you should not pull the trigger?''' he said.
``No, I'm going to pull the trigger. That's what my game is built around, my serve and my forehand. If I pull back, that's not going to win tournaments.''
Gambill broke Roddick at love for the only break of the second set.
``I wanted to run down as many balls as I could, make him hit one more shot,'' Gambill said.
Roddick, 19, is 14-5 in his career against his fellow Americans, and 8-2 this year. He's lost both his career meetings with Gambill.
Gambill has been inconsistent this year, doing his best in the United States, with semifinal appearances in Memphis, San Jose and Delray Beach, Fla.
But he struggled beginning in May, getting beyond the second round only once in seven tournaments. He lost in the first round at the French Open and second round of Wimbledon.
``Guys who are so great are able to change their games during the match, give themselves more than one option. That's one thing I've been not the greatest at in the past,'' said Gambill, whose once Top 20 world ranking has fallen to 53rd.
``Moving back on the serve is such a small thing to do, but when you get into a zone of playing a certain way, it's very hard to just change it.''
Gambill walked into his post-match news conference in an angry mood. He was upset with Los Angeles Times columnist Diane Pucin, who made a two-sentence mention of Gambill on Saturday.
``Don't bother asking me any questions,'' Gambill told her, and twice called her a witch. He had to be calmed down by an ATP Tour communications director.