Kournikova Announces Miami Return...Not Indian Wells
Anna's Journal Entry from Kournikova.com
Hi, everyone -
Even though I'm not playing in the Kroger St. Jude tournament in Memphis this week, I still wanted to participate in some way and to offer my support to the event and to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. So I decided to fly to Memphis this past Monday and spend the day there.
One of the highlights of my trip was having the opportunity to visit St. Jude's facilities. St. Jude is the leading research hospital for pediatric cancer, and they treat kids from all over the world. My hosts were kind enough to give me a tour, including the treatment center and a research lab, and I was able to spend some time with several of the children who are there receiving treatment. I also stopped by Target House, a wonderful facility that provides free housing for the families of St. Jude patients so that they can be together while the children are in the hospital. These visits meant a great deal to me, and I'm very grateful to those who made this experience possible.
My last stop of the day was The Racquet Club of Memphis-the tournament site. I had a good time visiting with the tournament staff and some of the sponsors while the matches were going on. I participated in an on-court presentation before flying back to Miami that night.
This was a special trip for me, and I'm really glad that I had the chance to go.
My back continues to improve, and I'm concentrating on my fitness training. I'll be back in action at Key Biscayne.
I wonder if we'll see Anna playing doubles there too? It might be smart to sit out the doubles for her first tournament until she's sure she's healthy. But, on the other hand, if she's still struggling with her singles and loses early, it might be valuable matchplay. But, on yet another hand, the extra matches might do more harm than good, and she might be better served using that time to rest and rehab.