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Since I seem to post alot of Lindsay articles I thought I would start one threat for them and if anyone find interesting articles about Lindsay post them here. I found this latest one on CBS sportsline and its about Lindsay's legacy when she retires interesting read. Here it is.

It'll be a shame if class act pulls disappearing act
Aug. 1, 2006
By Joel Drucker
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SAN DIEGO -- In theory, the top women in the world should all be gathered here at La Costa Resort & Spa for the Acura Classic, a Tier 1 stop on the California swing of the WTA Tour's U.S. Open Series.

But as I sat Monday afternoon at the tour's all-access hour (a grab-bag of interviews for assembled print and broadcast media), I was more aware of who wasn't present. Last-minute withdrawals include Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Justine Henin-Hardenne. World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo never planned to play this event.

One player I'm particularly wondering about is Lindsay Davenport, who pulled out of both the Acura and last week's tournament at Stanford University.

Davenport turned 30 this year and has been sidelined with injuries throughout the spring and summer. Much as I hate making predictions, I wonder if indeed she might decide to retire sometime around the U.S. Open. Invariably, this makes me contemplate Davenport's tennis legacy.

I'll greatly miss Davenport's no-nonsense attitude. "Nobody really thought I was going to be that great," she said several years ago.

Since few touted Davenport for Grand Slam glory, she was able to grow as a player independently, far from the fishbowl that ensnares most teen tennis prodigies. Much was made about how Davenport's commitment to normalcy was so strong that she skipped the 1994 French Open to attend her high school prom. The bigger factor was that her parents were virtually invisible.

"The thing I love most about Lindsay Davenport's mother," Pam Shriver once said, "is that I don't know her." And while there have been more than a few Ann Davenport sightings in recent years, she is merely background accompaniment to her daughter. (Lindsay's parents divorced in the '90s, and I've never seen her father).

What I'll miss even more is her first-rate ball-striking skills. No one in the 10 years has been as good as Davenport at making repetitive, concussive contact with the ball. She is tennis' version of a baseball player who rarely swings at a bad pitch.

Tempting as it is to say Davenport's game lacks the strategic diversity of a Martina Hingis, my counterpoint is that Davenport employs a supremely fundamental tennis strategy: hit the ball hard, deep and crosscourt. She learned the basics from Robert Lansdorp (coach of Tracy Austin, Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova and many others), honed them further with USTA coach Lynne Rolley and melded technique and work ethic into a fine working relationship with likeable ex-pro (and Lansdorp student) Robert van't Hof.

It all came together in a surprising and refreshing 17-month period that started with Davenport's victory at the 1998 U.S. Open, accelerated with a win at Wimbledon in 1999 and continued with a title at the 2000 Australian Open. At its best, Davenport's game was oppressive, her deep drives severely compromising opponents, her serve creating opportunities for more pounding and her volleys revealing surprise touch.

But if over the last six years Davenport has remained an elite player, the Slams have been more a source of anguish. She's lost her last four Slam finals, all of them to one of the Williams sisters. Probably never was her frustration more apparent than at Wimbledon a year ago, when she held a championship point against Venus only to lose the match, 9-7 in the third set.

Add to that a wave of injuries and I can see why Davenport has spoken often, if not conclusively, about leaving the game, starting a family and, most of all, enjoying the life she has made with her husband, ex-USC player Jonathan Leach.

The only thing I won't miss about Davenport is her reticence to help promote the game. Early on in her career, with the demand for her fairly low, Davenport appeared unpretentious and, alas, so self-conscious about her looks that she hated to call attention to herself for anything but her tennis -- and even that she's mostly done in the most perfunctory of ways. To Davenport's credit, she was absolutely unwilling to take part in the tour's embrace of fashion and depicting its players as babes rather than athletes.

Much as I admired Davenport's focus on tennis and distaste for artifice, I wince when I hear tales of how she sometimes won't even return her agent's calls that offer opportunities for her to promote herself and the game that has made her a multi-millionaire. Because she is an articulate American, I would have also liked to see her play a bigger role in such areas as the WTA board, and, yes, be more available for various interviews.

One reason there is so much money in tennis is that pioneers like Billie Jean King, as well as lesser players like Rosie Casals, made themselves extremely accessible and continually tilted at windmills. Surely Davenport must see that if past efforts helped build her world, then she might keep the soil fertile for future generations.

Is Davenport incredibly difficult? No, not at all. But while last week in Los Angeles I heard Andre Agassi speak about how, if appropriate, he wants to continue to make a difference in tennis after he has quit playing, I suspect Davenport's not thinking about that at all. I know it's her choice, but the part of me that's invested in tennis' growth would hate to see someone as classy and thoughtful as Davenport go the way of Greta Garbo.

Joel Drucker has worked for a variety of print and broadcast media, including Tennis Magazine, USTA Magazine, Cigar Aficionado, Los Angeles Magazine and the Tennis Channel.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 2006, 10:28 PM
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Lindsay said a while back she'd take a lot of time away from tennis after she retires to start her family. She, I think, also said she would like to remain involved in the sport somehow, but she wasn't and probably still isn't ready to say what she termed a "second career".

Reguarding Lindsay's future in tennis, no one knows, maybe not even her. I hope she returns in Los Angeles, to at least offer answers about her future in this sport as a player first and foremost. And then, I guess we take it from there.
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And I have no doubt that Lindsay could've been more of a strategist. IMO she has the sense, but lacks the movement. But her game isn't just mindless ball-slugging, by any means.
And I guess I would cut Lindsay slack for not "promoting the game". There are always plenty of people around who want to be a star, ie Vee and Ree. If Lindsay had been the only dominant player over the last few years, I might see reason for criticism for not being more involved, but this was not the case.

Lindsay Davenport: Always my #1 Girl
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Just like Clijsters will be an underachiever with only 1 Slam under her belt, the same is valid for Lindsay. Three Slams but you just know it could have been more, if it wouldn't have been for these damn injuries.

2000-2007: My "Kim years". My best years as a tennis fan. A few bitter losses but a lot of great matches and great wins. Thank you, Kim Clijsters!
26.03.2009: More Kim years to come!
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