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Lindsay to play in Memphis

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Tennis' stars set for CSC

Davenport joins Venus in Memphis WTA event

By Phil Stukenborg

Wednesday, November 14, 2007



A Lindsay Davenport-Venus Williams final?

For the Cellular South Cup, the annual Women's Tennis Association stop held each February at The Racquet Club of Memphis, it's more than a dream pairing.

Tournament owner Mac Winker announced Tuesday Davenport has agreed to play in the lower-level WTA event, giving the field two former top-ranked players in the world who share 20 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles.

"I was talking with Tony Godsick, Tommy Haas's agent," Winker said. "I told him about us having Venus and Lindsay and he said 'Just imagine a Venus-Lindsay final, you're going to be better than all the Slams.'"

The Cellular South Cup and the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, the long-running men's indoor pro event held concurrently at The Racquet Club, will run Feb. 22 to March 2.

Winker said Davenport, 31, is scheduled to play her first match on Monday, Feb. 25. Williams, who won last year's CSC, likely will play her opening match the following night.

Davenport, the year-end No. 1 women's player in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005, missed the latter stages of the WTA Tour in 2006 because of a back injury and the birth of her first child. In July 2007, she announced she would return to the Tour.

Her comeback has included singles titles in Bali and Quebec City. She also reached the semifinals in Beijing. The Quebec City win, her 53rd career singles title, lifted her to No. 73 in the world rankings.

Winker said the addition of Davenport to the tournament week shows the value of a combined men's/women's event.

"You can pick off stars on either side," he said. "And every now and then you get super lucky like we have with Venus and Lindsay. We are very fortunate."

Winker said he didn't approach Davenport about playing in Memphis. He said he was contacted by Davenport's agent Friday.

"They called us," Winker said. "They asked if we would have any interest. It all happened in the last four or five days. We closed the deal two days ago."

Winker said the Memphis event could find itself in an enviable position for the next several years as players -- some returning from injury or making a comeback -- look at a tournament in the U.S. to play before upper-level tour events in Key Biscayne, Fla., and Indian Wells, Calif.

"Lindsay won a juniors event here before and we've definitely had her on our radar screen," Winker said. "But to have both Venus and Lindsay ... this is dreamworks for us."
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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"Winker said the Memphis event could find itself in an enviable position for the next several years as players -- some returning from injury or making a comeback -- look at a tournament in the U.S. to play before upper-level tour events in Key Biscayne, Fla., and Indian Wells, Calif."


LOL. I always thought that the event was somewhere in the Middle East. Good to see Lindsay planning so far ahead though!
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Re: Lindsay to play in Memphis

I predict Lindsay's schedule to beeeeeeee:

Auckland

Australian Open

Fed Cup

Memphis

Indian Wells

Amelia Island

Charleston

Fed Cup

Wimbledon

Stanford

LA

Olympics

US Open

Fed Cup

RETIREMENT

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I think she will go to RG for fun like in 05, especially if she does green clay in 08.
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Memphis is a tier IV or tier III?

For fun? She was #1 in 2005, she had to play RG even if she had no chance to win
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I think she will go to RG for fun like in 05, especially if she does green clay in 08.
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If Lindsay played the French I'd be there, final exams or no. It's so much more accessible than Wimbledon.

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Memphis is a tier IV or tier III?

For fun? She was #1 in 2005, she had to play RG even if she had no chance to win
Memphis is a tier 3.

I think the bigger question is whether or not Lindsay shows up in Miami (which is manditory).
I would like her to play Amelia Island in the spring though, even though it's clay, she's always been successful at that tournament and it usually has a relatively weak field anyhow.

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I predict Lindsay's schedule to beeeeeeee:

Auckland

Australian Open

Fed Cup

Memphis

Indian Wells

Amelia Island

Charleston

Fed Cup

Wimbledon

Stanford

LA

Olympics

US Open

Fed Cup

RETIREMENT
I don't think she's coming back for just one season, may be wrong, since she is taking it a step at a time, but she's worked so hard it would be weird to leave again this time next year, I think she'll stop in 2009

As for her schedule, I'd don't see how she'll manage IW-Miami-AI-Charleston-FC back-to-back, I think she'll skip Charleston and will tank Miami

And I think she'll play RG too

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I don't think she's coming back for just one season, may be wrong, since she is taking it a step at a time, but she's worked so hard it would be weird to leave again this time next year, I think she'll stop in 2009

As for her schedule, I'd don't see how she'll manage IW-Miami-AI-Charleston-FC back-to-back, I think she'll skip Charleston and will tank Miami

And I think she'll play RG too
I know, I agree... I think her hunger and desire is fiercer than just a 1 year stint, unless she gets a slam in 08 I think she'll stick through 09 as well.

Skip Miami & Charleston -- they are like Lindsay Injury Trap Tournaments.
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Its so smart that Lindsay is playing these Tier IIIs ..........I just might have to go to Memphis now to watch the tournament, I'm on the complete other side of the state!



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I predict Lindsay's schedule to beeeeeeee:

Auckland

Australian Open

Fed Cup

Memphis

Indian Wells

Amelia Island

Charleston

Fed Cup

Wimbledon

Stanford

LA

Olympics

US Open

Fed Cup

RETIREMENT
That sounds about right....no red clay for Lindsay....but can we take off retirement



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Re: Lindsay to play in Memphis

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I predict Lindsay's schedule to beeeeeeee:

Auckland

Australian Open

Fed Cup

Memphis

Indian Wells

Amelia Island

Charleston

Fed Cup

Wimbledon

Stanford

LA

Olympics

US Open

Fed Cup

RETIREMENT
Great schedule Grand Slam but can we take off the clay events and retirement. I'm just starting to get use to the idea she's playing again she can't retire at the end of the year. I wouldn't think Lindsay would come back for just one season and then retire but who knows we all thought she was done with playing when she announced she was pregant with Jagger so who know. Let's just enjoy Lindsay's second career while lasts.
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Re: Lindsay to play in Memphis

It's good that Lindsay has signed up for another tournament (and will hopefully add to her 1997 title!) but I am a bit worried now that this is the 2nd lower tier event she has entered and she hasen't entered a tier 2 yet for next year. I know she's only playing part time but I would love her to be back in the top 20 and I think she could definetely win tier 2's right now. I know it's not going to happen but it would be great if she played Pan Pacific again.

and I hope Lindsay takes NO NOTICE WHATSOEVER of these stupid mandatory rules for Miami. I would much rather her play Indian Wells and the 2 green clay events, instead of tanking at Miami.
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It's good that Lindsay has signed up for another tournament (and will hopefully add to her 1997 title!) but I am a bit worried now that this is the 2nd lower tier event she has entered and she hasen't entered a tier 2 yet for next year. I know she's only playing part time but I would love her to be back in the top 20 and I think she could definetely win tier 2's right now. I know it's not going to happen but it would be great if she played Pan Pacific again.

and I hope Lindsay takes NO NOTICE WHATSOEVER of these stupid mandatory rules for Miami. I would much rather her play Indian Wells and the 2 green clay events, instead of tanking at Miami.

Correct me if I'm wrong but on the WTA official rules, it says that with her Gold Exempt Emeritus Status, Lindsay has an exemption from the minimum commitment requirements of the tour. Therefore, she would not be obligated to play the mandatory events.
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