View Full Version : NY Post's Page Six: Monica Will Miss 2004 US Open

Aug 17th, 2004, 01:43 PM
I'm not sure if this is true, but I'd thought I'd post it. It was in this morning's NY Post gossip column Page Six:


WHEN some of the wealthiest people in the world convened last week on the Italian island of Sardinia, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were minding their royal P's and Q's. But some other plutocrats were kicking up their diamond-studded heels. The annual gala at the Hotel Cala di Volpe drew such renowned yachtsmen as Magic and Cookie Johnson (they were sailing on to Monte Carlo); Lionel Richie ("women were coming after him left and right," said one green-eyed observer); Frederic Fekkai ("he was going after women left and right"); Monica Seles (she plans to skip this year's U.S. Open, she confided); celebrated jeweler Laurence Graff and his chic wife Anne-Marie; and New York financier Martin Gruss with his dressed-to-kill spouse, Audrey. Gorgeous Eva Herzigova, who is launching her own clothing line in Paris in October, was given a champagne bath in the VIP room in the Billionaires' Club by model-holic Tomaso Buti. Buti, a fugitive from U.S. justice, is the ex-husband of Daniela Pestova and founder of the ill-fated Fashion Café. Persian heiress Aida Hersham, who had the longest yacht in the harbor, surprised her guest Geoffrey Bradfield with a plan to install his Millennium Modern furniture in her new flat in London's Eaton Square. While international impresario Unik was introducing the jet-setters to each other, his P.M. club back in New York was hosting Natalie Portman, Jeff Gordon and Vin Diesel. One can't be everywhere, but some people try.

Aug 17th, 2004, 01:46 PM
I wouldn't expect her to play a slam again. Is she still ranked high enough to get in. Mind you she could probably play if she wanted to. If Martina can play wimbledon then Monica can get into the US open. No offence, I love Martina to bits but what a waste of wildcards at slams. They should go to youngsters like Nicole and Sesil.

Aug 17th, 2004, 01:49 PM
I wouldn't expect her to play a slam again. Is she still ranked high enough to get in. Mind you she could probably play if she wanted to. If Martina can play wimbledon then Monica can get into the US open. No offence, I love Martina to bits but what a waste of wildcards at slams. They should go to youngsters like Nicole and Sesil.
Becuase it is the USO (and she is a former champion), she could possibly get a wild card if she wanted. I believe she may not play again, but is just waiting for the right time to announce her retirement.

Aug 17th, 2004, 01:57 PM

Aug 17th, 2004, 01:57 PM
I believe Monica has a special Emeritus Gold Exempt - if she comes back, she can have unlimited wildcards to whatever tourny she likes.

Aug 17th, 2004, 02:08 PM
Hardcourts isn't the best place to make a comeback from an injury like hers anyway.
The French Monica, the French. :)

Helen Lawson
Aug 17th, 2004, 02:13 PM
Do you think Monica will never "officially" retire as sort of a "screw you" to the WTA so she can be spared one of those phony-bolognie tearful farewell ceremonies, like how hypocritical would that be anyway? She doesn't seem the like vindictive type, but you can't blame her either.

Garbo never "officially" retired, she just moved to NY and stopped making films. Same with Grace Kelly, though she wanted to come back to films but her people wouldn't let her. Is Seles Greta Garbo or Grace Kelly?

Aug 17th, 2004, 03:37 PM
Actually, Gardo tested for a film late in the 40s or early 50s, but a deal was never struck and nothing came of it. But the amazing thing about Garbo was, when she died in '90, she had not made a film in almost half a century (her last being the misguided 1941 mess "Two-faced woman,") yet her death notice was on the front page of almost every paper in the world. She was the ultimate movie star and will forever be remembered as one, even though most people today couldn't name a single film she was in.

And her decision to quit films was completey her own, although MGM would have probably let her go anyway, as her films were not the money makers they once were and LB Mayer probably never really liked her anyway, going back to her contract hold out in the late 20s.

About Kelly, I think her husband and his family opposed any return to the screen for her.

Monica is probably not coming back for her own reasons, medical and otherwise. I don't think anyone controls her, any more than anyone controlled Hingis.

Aug 17th, 2004, 04:00 PM
I think she´s done...sad to see her go this way.

Aug 17th, 2004, 04:41 PM
:sad: :sad:
anyone want my tickets... what the hell's the point?

Aug 17th, 2004, 04:43 PM
why is anyone suprised, you dont make comebacks in slams :o

Steffi Graf will also miss US Open, as will Evert, Sabatini etc ;)
comprende !

Aug 17th, 2004, 04:48 PM
as a monica fan, i'd really wish that she would either retire or tell us what her plans are... i don't like finding out in this type of way... not that im surprised, but i think it just sucks.

Aug 17th, 2004, 04:50 PM
I still have faith that Monica will come back...I don't even think it's a question of her foot anymore. I think she's frustrated that she played like such shit in her World Team Tennis matches. To be perfectly honest, if she played like that at the US Open, she wouldn't get more than three or four games off a qualifier or a wild card, and she would be absolutely embarassed against anybody else.

Monica has said she'll only comeback if she can play at a level she's used to. She won't do the Michael Chang tour, losing in the first round at every tournament with the verrryyy occasional win. I think she's still practicing and I wouldn't rule out a comeback in January. If she doesn't comeback then though, I would expect to hear a retirement annoucement.

Aug 17th, 2004, 05:57 PM
I was wastching a match at athens and tracy austin was commentating. The subject of their discussion moved onto monica seles, and i remember very well that tracy said "Monica, who has retired now, .............".

Aug 17th, 2004, 07:00 PM
I think Helen has a good point about the WTA and it's treatment of Monica but Monica knows she has a ton of fans, so I'd hope she or Tony Godsick would just announce something so we can stop speculating.

Aug 17th, 2004, 07:03 PM
I highly doubt she'll be back. The WTT matches were way too telling...

Aug 17th, 2004, 07:04 PM

Aug 17th, 2004, 07:07 PM
if she comes back she will have a protected ranking

Aug 17th, 2004, 07:47 PM
Monica has stated she wants to go out quietly. She has no interest in making some big production out of announcing her retirement (ala Martina, Steffi.) I'm sure if she has quit her friends, family will know (MJF, etc.) The WTA might or might not have a ceremony like they had for Martina and Steffi, I'm sure Monica would attend if such a thing took place, but I don't think it's something she wants.

Aug 18th, 2004, 08:14 AM
Well, I'd be surprised if that's the last we heard from Monica on the subject (i.e., absolutely nothing)!

OK, so she may not want a three-ring circus surrounding a potential retirement announcement (and I'm not convinced that's what a no-show at the US Open equals anyway...;) ). But she has enough respect for her fans to at least make some sort of definitive statement, however low key, rather than simply never step onto a competitive court again without any sort of comment.
As is often the case, I think Bradshaw#1 is spot on about this. If Monica isn't practicing hard in anticipation of a more competitive return (which ties in to what she's always said about not bothering unless she can compete), then I'd expect an announcement from her, not a simple fading away...

That said, I hope and pray she does give it one more shot, no matter how inconsistent her early results may be. Whatever she does decide, though, she's FABULOUS!!!!!:D

Love ya, Monica!!!!!:kiss: :hearts:

Aug 18th, 2004, 09:55 AM
Not sure whether she should try a comeback. She's a legend now, and she could tarnish that reputation with bad results.