"Nicole is growing, growing, growing," comments Nick Bollettieri. "It is very important that she keeps working hard physically and mentally as well as on her serve and volley technique, if she and her father want her to develop into a more aggressive player. But be patient, a serve and volley game takes time to develop. I, along with my entire staff, am very proud of her accomplishments."
It's great to see Nicole incorporating serve and volleying into her game, as It's suitable to her frame but also to the tour - Lisa can't stay around forever.
Great stuff Nicole, hopefully they will the Asagoe/Nicole match here on TV
Also, Nicole has pretty much secured herself a place in the Qualies of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open. Which means that those events will NOT count on her record!
She really has a great chance to finish well inside the top 200.
Here are the 3 events in which Nicole selected as her reward for finishing inside the Junior top 10 in 2003.
Nicole VAIDISOVA 23.04.89 CZE 3 x $25,000 $25,000 USA - 16 February 32 W Svetlana KRIVENCHEVA (BUL) 6-1 6-1 16 W Sandra KLOESEL (GER) 6-3 6-2 QF W Petra RAMPRE (SLO) 6-3 6-2 SF W Maria GOLOVIZNINA (RUS) 7-5 6-2 FR W Shuai PENG (CHN) 7-6(2) 7-5
$25,000 GER - 12 July
$25,000 CZE - 19 July Event TBC
Congrats to Nicole! But Kimmie's Boy, do you think she will still want to play 2 25K events after she turns 15? As I understand it (I could be wrong) they would count against her 8 events allowed after 15 -- and her ranking is getting high enough that I think she could make WTA level events, particularly if she scores some points at the grand slams.
pretty doubt she will play those.
As the rules state 14 yr olds can only play 4 events greater than $10k.
Nicole luckily is just about a month away from being 15 so greater freedom.
(i) Between the date of a players fourteenth (14th) birthday and the day before her fifteenth (15
th) birthday a player may participate in a maximum of seven (7) ITF Womens Circuit Tournaments, only four (4) of which may be for prize money of greater than $10,000, plus regional Fed Cup Qualifying, and one (1) exhibition/non-Tour event. The number of ITF Womens Circuit Tournaments a player may participate in will be reduced if the player receives a Wild Card into or accepts a Feed-Up position into a WTA Tour Tier I-V Tournament as provided in Sections 1(b)(ii) and 3.
(ii) These players are permitted to receive a maximum of three (3) Wild Cards as follows: one (1) Wild Card into the Main Draw or Qualifying Draw of any WTA Tour Tier I-V or ITF Womens Circuit Tournament, and two (2) Wild
Cards into the Main Draw or Qualifying Draw of any ITF Womens Circuit Tournaments.
(iii) These players may earn a WTA Tour ranking; however, these players may not participate in WTA Tour Tournaments, including the Championships, by direct ranking acceptance. These players may not participate in professional Grand Slam events.