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Larry Scott May Offer Tennis Olive Branch To Lindsay Davenport

Larry Scott May Offer Tennis Olive Branch To Lindsay Davenport. (from onthebaseline.com)


It is no secret that Lindsay Davenport may be slightly miffed at Larry Scott and the rest of the head honchos at the WTA Tour, but it now appears that Scott may be willing to offer a peace offering in hopes of convincing one of America’s best tennis stars to play a little more tennis.

Lindsay Davenport only played twenty-nine professional tennis matches all season, but she is still America’s best hope for winning big on the international stage.

Venus and Serena Williams offered a meager contribution this season, the up and coming players - Vania King and Jamea Jackson - are still developing their games, and Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles are all but officially retired. Meghann Shaughnessy did raise the Star-Spangled Banner twice so far in tournament finals this season, but she has not made it past the quarterfinals of a tournament higher than a Tier III in over two years.

Lindsay Davenport has reportedly decided to withdraw from both of her final two events this season, but no one officially knows whether she will retire from tennis or show up in Australia rejuvenated and ready to compete back on the tour.

Lisa Dillman at the Los Angeles Times, one of my favorite tennis writers, threw a dash of intrigue into the mystery on Davenport’s retirement this morning in her article on the WTA’s problem with player withdrawals.

Separately, Scott said he has been in talks with Lindsay Davenport and her representatives regarding her request for gold exempt emeritus status in 2007.

“At this time last year, when she requested it, she was ranked No. 1 in the world,” Scott said. “This time, by the end of this year, she’s probably going to be ranked in the 30s. It’s a completely different situation as I look at next year.”

(source: Los Angeles Times)

If Larry Scott grants Lindsay Davenport gold-exempt status - the ability to accept wild-cards into any event - it just might be enough to postpone her retirement once again. Lindsay has always been an vocal critic on the length of the tennis season, and has come out and said that the Tour is wrong for making players enter so many tournaments, even after they flatly tell the officials that they have no intention of playing the event because of the toil on their bodies.

As much as I would love to see Lindsay extend her career and play a little longer, you kind of have to wonder about the image the US will be projecting next season. It’s biggest stars, Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams, entering tournaments all over the globe at the mercy of wild-cards


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And the situation gets even more bizarre.
But if Lindsay is granted GEE, it may just be enough to keep her around.
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Thanks for posting its an interesting article. If this keeps Lindsay in the game a little longer so be it and it may even help her win that fourth slam if she doesn't have to play as much. May be Larry Scott and the tour are doing this to avoid being sued as that may be the next step but an highly unlikely next step. I always said folding for this year is a good idea so it won't bother me if Lindsay doesn't play the last two events entered and tries to get her fitness back to where it was if she wants to play on. 2007 is likley to be her final year on tourr if she plays on so let's make it a great one if it is.
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Interesting, so I guess this means that Lindsay is considering coming out of retirement

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Thanks hurricanejeanne for the artical
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Your all welcome for the article , it had just been posted on the site when I found it.

It certainly adds to the situation Lindsay is in. Perhaps outing the tour at the USO has had it's affects.
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Rewarding a new found non-commitment to the game. Another brilliant move by the WTA.
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Rewarding a new found non-commitment to the game. Another brilliant move by the WTA.
Well, atleast now she can really wake up one day and decide to play in Canada and get in.
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Rewarding a new found non-commitment to the game. Another brilliant move by the WTA.
Gee Andrew we're so positive. If Lindsay wants to scale back don't you think earnt the right to after 15 years of playing on the tour. I know personally I would rather see Lindsay play a limited schedule next year than not at all. So when Lindsay decides to call it a day it her decision and its because she's had enough not a dumb tour rule standinfg in her way you comment in the this context is just dumb.
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thanks for the article hurricanejeanne

yay for WTA Larry Scott

Lindsay must be really happy with the news, as she's preparing for her 2007 campaign to win the 4th GS title.

Will it be enough to get her out of semi-retirement attitude
All she needs is to have fun on court, so she must do well and get fit.
So, there is a significant chance that the Beijing loss was not her last match on tour?

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btw. I wanted Lindsay to shelve the season here, so I'm not disappointed that she's not playing Linz and QC but didn't she play Bali, cos she likes this paradise...and Beijing cos she's never been to China before?

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I don't know I'm trying to be positive but I really think she will walk away soon. She has deleted her myspace not that it means anything I suppose. I wouldn't mind if she only played a little bit next year just as long as she would be around!

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Gee Andrew we're so positive. If Lindsay wants to scale back don't you think earnt the right to after 15 years of playing on the tour. I know personally I would rather see Lindsay play a limited schedule next year than not at all. So when Lindsay decides to call it a day it her decision and its because she's had enough not a dumb tour rule standinfg in her way you comment in the this context is just dumb.
This isn't about scaling back because of health concerns, though. The last two years, she's adopted the Venus/Serena scheduling doctrine. And her behavior this year, more specifially from September on, shows that she has zero dedication to tennis right now.

There is no "dumb rule" in her way. It's not the WTA's fault that she's been throwing a continual one-year hissy fit. And now, they're rewarding her for that behavior.
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I don't know I'm trying to be positive but I really think she will walk away soon. She has deleted her myspace not that it means anything I suppose. I wouldn't mind if she only played a little bit next year just as long as she would be around!
Lolz. You actually thought that was her.
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We could debate this issue backwards and forwards and sideways even for the next month. Let's wait until announcement is made offically. We all have our own views on what's happened or what might happen let's leave it be until then the longer it goes on the more pointless getting. We can only go on rumours at moment that's what makes it pointless in the first place.
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I agree with Lindsayfan32, she HAS earned the right on many fronts to pick and choose. Serena/Venus is TOTALLY different......they have always been like that and Lindsay has not.

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Lindsay is apparently on the Gold Exempt list for 2007.
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