It's possible Lindsay may withdraw from the Acura giving her injury and since I've been a bit fed-up with the lack of Lindsay in tennis for the last few weeks I thought it would be great to cheer me (and you guys up) by posting some "lighter moment" quotes from interviews, or just some plain classic quotes from Lindsay
I'll start with some lovely interactions between Lindsay and Corina in this Fed Cup interview:
Q. Corina, if I'm correct, this will be the first time you're scheduled to play Fed Cup. Can you talk about how excited you are about that, and also a little bit -- I don't know if you ever campaigned to Zina or if Zina called you, if you could answer both of those questions.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Pretty safe to say she doesn't campaign (laughter). Corina?
CORINA MORARIU: I didn't like stalk Zina for a nomination to the team (laughter). Yeah, I was on the team in '98. Unfortunately didn't get a chance to play. It's been a tough few years for me. So to be able to be on the team in '98 and play again in 2005 after my illness, a couple shoulder surgeries, it's pretty special, especially here where I grew up. I'm really fired up. To get to play with Lindsay, who is obviously a great player, but an even better friend to me, just really, really looking forward to it. It's been a great week. We've all had a really good time. As far as being picked for the team, I believe that was Zina's decision. I didn't lobby for it (laughter). I was thrilled to get the call and to be a part of it.
CAPTAIN GARRISON: I would say when I did call Corina, she was actually pretty surprised to hear from me. She's like, "Zina?" I'm like, "Yeah." I definitely thought it would be a great fit. It's been great for me because all four of these guys get along. It's a nice, calm atmosphere. It's been really, really fun.
Q. You all have been dubbed the Dream Team of women's tennis right now. We've seen some Dream Teams falter recently. Can you talk a little about the pressure of being such heavy, heavy favorites in this tie.
CAPTAIN GARRISON: Well, first of all, I think we're the Dreamettes (laughter). You know, like I said before, they're all true champions. I think first and foremost, they all put theirselves out there. A lot of people are not playing. But they made some clear decisions that they wanted to come and play. Like I said before, Lindsay stuck out in the beginning early on, and Serena and Venus and Corina and everybody pretty much came on board. I think it takes a group like this to be leaders, to let people know how important it is to play for your country. I think they put theirself on the line. I mean, got to give them their credit for doing that.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it's a silly name. ( where's your sense of fun, Lindsay!?)
I think, you know, the goal of every country is to put together their best team, and some years it doesn't work out. This year so far it's been great. We've all been really excited this week in not talking only about this tie, but we're looking forward to hopefully some more ties later in the year and potential match-ups. We all are pretty into it, want to do well. It's great that we could all play and hopefully that's the same for the rest of the year.
Q. Lindsay, could you talk about the emotion of the post match ceremony when you and Corina reached the finals of the Australian. I understand that was a very emotional moment.
CORINA MORARIU: You're going to try to make us both cry.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, that was tough. I had thought about it the night before and was going over in my head what I was going to say. I had done all my other thank yous first, was saving the part about Corina for the end. About 10 seconds into it, I started crying before I could get any of possibly the correct words out that I wanted to say. You know, people -- a lot of people know her story, a lot of people don't know her story. To be around it from the beginning through hospital stays and life scares, I mean, it was pretty emotional and intense. Even to see her come back. When she's come back, been cancer free, her body has broken down in other ways. It's been a huge battle for her to come back. For us to be standing there, I felt was an amazing accomplishment for her. It's hard. I love her like a sister. It's been a fun, fun ride to see her come back so excited when Zina told me she was considering asking Corina to play here because I knew, you know, these things mean the world to her.
I love the Lindsay/Corina interactions
here are a couple of good Quote from the Sports Illustrated "Standing Tall" article after her US Open 1998 win:
This year's Open was supposed to be the playground for the look-at-me generation, not a 22-year-old woman whose wish for the longest time was to go unnoticed. "I wasn't a perfect thing at 17,"
- bless her
] Davenport said last Saturday evening. "I didn't have confidence. I was hunched over and real embarrassed, and I didn't want to be in the limelight. But it changed over time. The last couple of years I've gained a lot of confidence. That's the most exciting thing: how much I've had to change to win."
When Davenport was a child, no one dubbed her America's next great player, but here she is now: the first U.S.-born woman to win the Open since Evert in '82. "No one ever said anything about me," Davenport said after dismantling Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semis. "I was never a prodigy."
Lindsay: Always so modest
She'd transferred from Chadwick High in Palos Verdes, Calif., to Murrieta Valley High that year, but it wasn't until she beat Gabriela Sabatini a few months later in the Virginia Slims of Florida that anyone at school knew she played tennis. "I always tried to hide the fact that I was an athlete," Davenport said. "I just wanted to be normal."
There're lots of nice things in that article - read it in full here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/fea...ndingtall.html
You have to read this article - i love the last 2 paragraphs!
And i didn't know she originally turned down an invite to David Letternam show because she thought he'd make fun of her!
This is a quite good article too: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/fea...ten0824/a.html
I'm going bed now because it's like nearly 3am UK time, but if any of you have any good quotes, interviews etc we can read and remenis on then do post them here