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Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:11 PM
Pierce and once-banned father have reconciledBy JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Writer
June 2, 2005

PARIS (AP) -- Mary Pierce (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/160/) and her father, Jim, once banned from WTA Tour events for abusive behavior, have reconciled and spend time together both on the court and off.

``The relationship with my dad is great,'' said Pierce, who was to play in the French Open semifinals Thursday against Elena Likhovtseva (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/108/).

Jim Pierce was banned from WTA Tour events in 1993-98. He punched a spectator at the 1993 French Open and was accused of having an abusive relationship with Mary, his ex-wife, Yannick, and his son, David.

Mary Pierce, who won the 2000 French Open, divides her training time between Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy in Florida and Paris. Her father lives in Florida, and he watches her practice when she's there.

``My dad has been coming out on the courts,'' she said after her quarterfinal win over No. 1-seeded Lindsay Davenport (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/93/). ``He'll comes to practice like every day. He just loves it, and he loves tennis.

``Off the court, we'll do stuff together, too,'' Pierce said. I go and eat lunch almost every day at his apartment.''

During tougher times, Pierce sought protection orders against her father in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. He sued his daughter for breach of contract in December 1996, contending he was promised 25 percent of her career earnings.


Marat Safin (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/37/) leaves his mark wherever he goes.

The Russian exited the French Open on Monday but a part of him -- or rather a byproduct of his famed temper -- will stay behind.

The two-time Grand Slam champion got so angry during his fourth-round loss to Tommy Robredo (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/23/) that he slammed his racket into his changeover chair, leaving a gaping hole in the wooden base that included a Perrier ad.

Safin was fined $1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. The sum was deducted from his prize winnings of $76,285.

The broken chair will be placed in the Roland Garros tennis museum as part of a display called ``100 objects, 100 years of tennis,'' museum director Jean-Christophe Piffaut said.

``Safin's language on court is not so great, but as long as he keeps providing us with new things, we don't mind,'' Piffaut said. ``I bet Perrier are delighted with him. It's free advertising!''

In 2002, Safin mangled a racket so badly that Piffaut kept it in his museum, and even put together a short movie of Safin tantrums during that tournament.


Tommy Robredo didn't reach the semifinals and he's not planning to watch anyone who did -- even the heavily hyped match between fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/599/) and No. 1 Roger Federer (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/42/).

``For sure, I'm not going to see that match,'' the No. 15-seeded Robredo said after losing in the quarterfinals to No. 12 Nikolay Davydenko (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/266/) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. ``I'm going to be at home getting some rest,'' he said. ``You will tell me after, in another Grand Slam.'' Associated Press writer Jerome Pugmire contributed to this report.

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:16 PM
haha good timing

Helen Lawson
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:23 PM
Didn't she reconcile with him in early 2000?

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:36 PM
Just wonder if Henin will reconcile with her family someday? In the last decade there've been a lot of family drama with Pierce, Dokic, Capriati, and Henin, but unlike the other three -- who have all reconciled with their fathers -- Justine has kept everything to herself so nobody knows what's going on.

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:36 PM
Didn't she reconcile with him in early 2000?

I don't know?? This is the first I'm hearing of it.

Helen Lawson
Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:39 PM
I'm positive she reconciled with him in 2000. It was in Venus Envy, and she thanked her father at the end of her victory speech at RG. Unless they split again after 2000.

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:43 PM
yeah, they talked about it in a tennis magazine at the time. In 2000 her dad got her back into her early 1995 shape and put her through some intense practices back in Florida. She talked about her faith too and how that helped her.

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:46 PM
Didn't she reconcile with him in early 2000?

Yes, that is old news.

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:46 PM
well thats the type of journalism out today...they make it sound like they just got back together. :rolleyes:

Jun 2nd, 2005, 04:59 PM
I think it's fantastic whenever it happened. Jim Pierce made a LOT Of mistakes and many people would never forgive him or give him a chance again, but I'm glad Mary did. It's sad to see how many athletes/celebrities cut their families out of their lives because of money/power issues, etc. In Mary's case, there was serious abuse and I'm glad she got away from him when she did, but it's nice to see the reconciliation. Family is the most important thing and it's good to see this one reunited. One can only hope the same for Jelena Dokic and others who are in this situation now.