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LDF
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:13 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4827072.stm

Lindsay Davenport has pulled out of the Nasdaq-100 tournament in Miami because of a back injury.
The American former world number one has a bulging disc in her lower back which hampered her at last week's Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

"I was hoping to have recovered in time (for Miami) but unfortunately I am not yet ready to play at the top of my game," said Davenport, 29.

Fellow American Serena Williams is also out of the event with a knee injury.

:sad:

tenn_ace
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:15 PM
oh dear :sad: :mad:

but good luck to Linzi to recover asap

msharafan
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:15 PM
yeah i know just heard its a pity but maybe its for the best, i hope she gets well soon, at least now one of the top 4 wont have to play venus in the 4th round!

vogus
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:15 PM
whatever, LOL, we all knew she didn't want to play it.

tennisjay
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:15 PM
I didn't even know she was playing in the first place.

matthewhaufle
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:16 PM
I, for one, am so happy to see this. Lindsay is clearly not healthy and she doesn't play well through pain. There is really no point in going to a tournament that she dislikes and traditionally gets hurt at anyway. If she wants to have a chance at a slam, she needs to rest and make sure she is 100% healthy. :)

Matt

LDF
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:18 PM
I, for one, am so happy to see this. Lindsay is clearly not healthy and she doesn't play well through pain. There is really no point in going to a tournament that she dislikes and traditionally gets hurt at anyway. If she wants to have a chance at a slam, she needs to rest and make sure she is 100% healthy. :)

Matt

Completely agree :)

She needs 4-6 weeks to heal this back injury anyway - there was no point in going to Miami simply to aggravate it.

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:18 PM
That sucks.. but was predictable. :(

LostInThe80s
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:19 PM
I, for one, am so happy to see this. Lindsay is clearly not healthy and she doesn't play well through pain. There is really no point in going to a tournament that she dislikes and traditionally gets hurt at anyway. If she wants to have a chance at a slam, she needs to rest and make sure she is 100% healthy. :)

Matt

I'll miss Linds but you're right that she needs to recuperate. Linds :hug:

!<blocparty>!
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:20 PM
LOL. She never planned on playing it, let's be honest.

But anyway, I'm worried. I hope she can at least keep a top 5 seeding for Wimbledon.

tennisboi
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Fu*k it. I hope this injury will heal in time for Amelia Island

canoe.
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:23 PM
Oh I'm shocked! :rolleyes:

LDF
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:24 PM
LOL. She never planned on playing it, let's be honest.

But anyway, I'm worried. I hope she can at least keep a top 5 seeding for Wimbledon.

Ideally a top 4 seeding, but that looks very unlikely.

But really, it wouldn't make too much of a difference whether she's the number 5 or number 8 seed - she'd still get one of the top 4 seeds in the QFs.

morningglory
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:24 PM
dang...

Helen Lawson
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:26 PM
If the studio gave me some piece of shit to do that I didn't want to do, I could always get a doctor's note. Laryngitis was my top one, second only to flu and nervous exhaustion. Sam Cohn never seemed to realize that I yelled at him the loudest when I was supposedly suffering from laryngitis!

Niunia
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:27 PM
pity :sad: get well soon Lindsay

bellascarlett
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:28 PM
oh wow seems like the tournament being made mandatory didn't really help. oh well hope she recovers soon. (so maria gets a top 4 seeding regardless. but did she always have one even with lindsay in the draw?)

The Daviator
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:29 PM
It's sad not to see her play, but it's for the best as it will help her in the long run, atleast this injury hasn't hit at a Slam...

AI is now out I'm sure, let's hope she can get some Wimbledon match practice at RG :lol:

Get well soon and enjoy your rest Linds :yeah:

Meesh
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:29 PM
Shocking :tape:

rest up Lindsay :bounce:

Wsisters45
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:30 PM
Damn :sad: 2 favs out,1 to go. Win this shit Venus :rocker2:

Slumpsova
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:31 PM
:lol: Lindsay just complained about WTA forces player to play tournaments. and this is her reaction. it was like "fcuk you, i don't care!"

you rock Linds :kiss:

shirley
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:33 PM
:sad:

A bulging disc sounds painful

msharafan
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:34 PM
maria was always going to be the #4 seed as lindsay is #5, anyway get well soon lindsay the tour wont be the same without you!

Dementirilenko
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:35 PM
Bad news, I hope you'll recover soon Lindz!

:inlove:
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Gosh what a shocker! :tape: :lol: Good on ya, Lindsay! Rebel against those damn WTA people forcing you to play. ;) :hearts: I love you! But her ranking will drop quite a lot will it not? :confused:

The Daviator
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:42 PM
Gosh what a shocker! :tape: :lol: Good on ya, Lindsay! Rebel against those damn WTA people forcing you to play. ;) :hearts: I love you! But her ranking will drop quite a lot will it not? :confused:

Nope, she didn't play Miami last year, so no points will come off, had she played it would have been a great opportunity to gain points and maybe get back up to #4...

From now until Stanford, she's defending :unsure:

The Daviator
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:43 PM
maria was always going to be the #4 seed as lindsay is #5, anyway get well soon lindsay the tour wont be the same without you!

Hey mshara, it's Dav from the BBC :wavey:

matthias
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:45 PM
get well soon Lindsay :wavey:

:inlove:
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Nope, she didn't play Miami last year, so no points will come off, had she played it would have been a great opportunity to gain points and maybe get back up to #4...

From now until Stanford, she's defending :unsure:

Oh, cos I thought that if you didn't play Miami, your ranking drops... :confused:

MH0861
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:49 PM
Oh, cos I thought that if you didn't play Miami, your ranking drops... :confused:

She doesn't have 17 tournaments at the moment, so the automatic zero factored into her ranking doesn't do anything..

bellascarlett
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:03 PM
maria was always going to be the #4 seed as lindsay is #5, anyway get well soon lindsay the tour wont be the same without you!
oh ok i wasnt sure which rankings' week they used for seeding...

Leo_DFP
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:05 PM
She'll be going into Wimbledon as a definite underdog now.

Wsisters45
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:13 PM
She'll be going into Wimbledon as a definite underdog now.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if we don't see her until Wimbledon.

crazillo
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:03 PM
I completely agree with Wsisters45. Maybe one tune-up for Wimby, but she said she'd skip the clay season I think.

NyCPsU
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:16 PM
lindsay get better please!!

~Carsten~
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:19 PM
that are not very good news :sad:
I hope this is only a precaution!

Andrew..
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:19 PM
LOL. She never planned on playing it, let's be honest.

But anyway, I'm worried. I hope she can at least keep a top 5 seeding for Wimbledon.
Why? There's no difference between 5-8. Either way, you're playing a top 4 player in the QF. Hoping for a top 4 seed would be nice, but there's no way that's happening. She'll be lucky to be around 6 by grass season, as she's boycotting clay with the latest "injury".

cometz9
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:21 PM
Lindsay :sad: sucks for her physically and financially :scratch:
Get well soon for AI

Andrew..
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:21 PM
Nope, she didn't play Miami last year, so no points will come off, had she played it would have been a great opportunity to gain points and maybe get back up to #4...

From now until Stanford, she's defending :unsure:
Her ranking is going to tank soon. She's really, really lucky Pierce hasn't done anything this year.

bis2806
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:22 PM
I don't think she'd want to play at Miami anyway. She's always had injuries everytime she played there. But, imagine, the fine she (and Serena) would have to pay for pulling out :eek: It's a smack on WTA's face anyway :D

Dexter
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:24 PM
expected :shrug:

Andrew..
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:33 PM
I don't think she'd want to play at Miami anyway. She's always had injuries everytime she played there. But, imagine, the fine she (and Serena) would have to pay for pulling out :eek: It's a smack on WTA's face anyway :D
The WTA doesn't need a slap in the face on this one. Both of them should face major fines for pulling out. Lindsay was a big supporter of mandatory events, but when they pick an event she doesn't like to be the mandatory one, she pulls out. If the WTA doesn't fine her, it sends a horrible message out. Lindsay is injured, but it's not preventing her from playing. So, fine her.

mike/topgun
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:45 PM
She' could come and give a wo. in the very first match, but maybe the fine was not that big as we think. Not a good way for leaving the field. I hope that Serena, Lindsay and Mary will recover soon. I'm routing for Masha and Marta atm. Maybe Venus will do something. IMHO Miami is going to be far more interesting than IW. It's an mandatory event, great field and instant replay for the first time etc.

Robbie.
Mar 20th, 2006, 10:28 PM
Why? There's no difference between 5-8. Either way, you're playing a top 4 player in the QF. Hoping for a top 4 seed would be nice, but there's no way that's happening. She'll be lucky to be around 6 by grass season, as she's boycotting clay with the latest "injury".

To be honest I don't think seeding matters too much at the moment when the players who are the best when they play they best are often not top 4 seeds. The 'benefit' Lindsay received out of being the top seed in three of the last four slams were two Round of 16 meetings with Clijsters and a quarterfinal against Henin-Hardenne.

It looks like Mauresmo, Sharapova and Clijsters are locks for top 4 seeds. Henin-Hardenne is looking good too but she has a lot of points to defend in the next three months (virtually her whole rankings worth) and is prone to injury and illness so she is never a certainty. Lindsay being a top 8 seed just means that she'll meet those players no earlier than she met Clijsters and Henin when she was the top seed.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Mar 20th, 2006, 10:36 PM
They can fine her for skipping this event, but they're also dealing with a woman who has made $20,000,000 in career earnings and probably double that in endorsement deals. Unless they fine her in the millions for pulling out of Miami, which would be completely absurd and just won't happen, I'm sure she'll happily take the fine and not play.

If this injury takes 4-6 weeks to heal though, that means no Amelia Island or Charleston for Lindsay. If that's the case, she needs to just bag the clay court season. She won't play Strasbourg as she's openly said she doesn't like playing there, and she certainly won't play any of the other clay events leading in. It seems silly for her to come into RG without any clay court practice when she could spend the next 3 months on grass and come into Wimbledon kicking serious ass.

Even her previous clay court ventures have been half-assed. Lindsay even said last year that after Charleston, she was practicing on hard courts the whole time and didn't touch a clay court until she actually got to Roland Garros.

Brooklyn90
Mar 20th, 2006, 10:41 PM
carry the american tourch Vee!!!!!!!!

fammmmedspin
Mar 20th, 2006, 10:44 PM
Are the players trying to make a point to the powers that rule the WTA or is Lindsay making a point that she can do what Serena does? Lindsay has almost quoted Serena saying I am not ready to play at the top of my game which is an odd reason for not turning up to a mandatory tournament - it implies the injury doesn't stop you playing just not playing well which is a novel definition of being injured. Basically it sends the twin messages that you can't make me turn up as anyone can say they are not at their best and back it up with an injury and if Serena doesn't have to turn up why should I.

I've no problem with her not turning up and its clear she has a real injury but it seems odd not just to say I am injured and not add the bit about not playing at her top level the week after Serena withdrew with the same reason. Smart girls don't say odd things without some reason.

Anyway so much for the mandatory Tier 1s........

fammmmedspin
Mar 20th, 2006, 10:50 PM
The WTA doesn't need a slap in the face on this one. Both of them should face major fines for pulling out. Lindsay was a big supporter of mandatory events, but when they pick an event she doesn't like to be the mandatory one, she pulls out. If the WTA doesn't fine her, it sends a horrible message out. Lindsay is injured, but it's not preventing her from playing. So, fine her.

Yes but why did she bother to say it - she could get a nedical note anyway which could probably say too injured to play so why imply she could play just not well? Its a message to someone - fine me? fine me and Serena? Why does Serena get away with it not me? Stuff mandatory tournaments?

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 20th, 2006, 11:00 PM
Yea. So Lindsay does the expected thing.
She will likely be at Amelia Island in two weeks.
Then she will likely say she won't play the French Open because of some reasoning about being older and needing to play less.
Then she will play the French Open and make the quarters again and at the same time supposedly hating her play the whole time.
Then play Wimbledon and lose in the semis.
Talk about not coming back but then play every summer tournament you can imagine and win almost all of them giving the perception that maybe she isn't going to retire as she says.
Lindsay is just so transparent.
She probably considered it to be mandatory and thought about playing it and was going to play it until she saw that Serena and Mary decided not to and considered it not as mandatory as the WTA would like.
She didn't to have that bad of an injury when associating with Gwen so I am a bit suspicious about how bad this injury really is.
Just like last year when she was spotted at a hockey game 4 hours after being at the Advanta Championships player's reception.
So tell me Lindsay did the flu come up before or after you went to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks game? :tape:
Either way it would have been best if you stayed in Philly if you really expected to play.
In this way I consider Lindsay a coward because she will wait until the last minute to pull out of a tourni which takes the focus off of her pulling out and puts the focus on other players like Serena, Maria, Mary, Venus, and Justine.

Carmen Mairena
Mar 20th, 2006, 11:05 PM
Lindsay :awww: :hug:

Key Biscayne :retard:

SAEKeithSerena
Mar 20th, 2006, 11:45 PM
not surprised, she generally doesn't like miami, and with an injury, i'm sure it wasn't a hard decision for her....come back strong lindsay!:)

GracefulVenus
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:06 AM
Don't want to talk about it :fiery: Just hopes that she is OK.

Shoulderpova
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:10 AM
Lindsay :hug: :sad:

njnetswill
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:11 AM
:cool:

Derek.
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:13 AM
PLEASE REST UP MISS LINDSAY DAVENPORT!!!!! :hug: :hug: :hug:

Dan23
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:17 AM
nice cheo23 impersonation Derek....get it together!!!!!!!!!1 :p

disappointing to not have Lindsay in Miami

SelesFan70
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:19 AM
Not exactly a bombshell...don't be surprised if Justine pulls out, too. :tape:

I wonder what the fine is for not showing up? :confused:

Solitaire
Mar 21st, 2006, 04:27 AM
Well she didn't want to play in the first place so I'm glad Lindz is skipping Miami. I hope she gets well soon.

RJWCapriati
Mar 21st, 2006, 04:43 AM
Lindsay :sad:

Volcana
Mar 21st, 2006, 04:58 AM
LOL. She never planned on playing it, let's be honest.I have to agree.

Volcana
Mar 21st, 2006, 05:01 AM
Lindsay was a big supporter of mandatory events,I don't think that's true. When people questioned Venus and Serena not playing Indian Wells after 2001, it was Davenport who said repeatedly that players should only play where they wanted.

And it was shortly after that that she began skipping Miami.

Blonde_Ambition7
Mar 21st, 2006, 05:02 AM
i hope she's alright but i didn't think she would play it anyway.

Alek
Mar 21st, 2006, 05:33 AM
Oh my,,, Lindsay @ this event in the last 8 tries :o

2006 - No play
2005 - No play
2004 - No Play
2003 - Lost in r4 by RET.
2002 - No Play
2001 - Lost in QF by RET.
2000 - Lost in Final
1999 - Lost in QF by W/O

:retard:

Leo_DFP
Mar 21st, 2006, 06:16 AM
I wouldn't be surprised at all if we don't see her until Wimbledon.

That's what I'm thinking. Perhaps she'll play Eastbourne.

Leo_DFP
Mar 21st, 2006, 06:18 AM
Why? There's no difference between 5-8. Either way, you're playing a top 4 player in the QF. Hoping for a top 4 seed would be nice, but there's no way that's happening. She'll be lucky to be around 6 by grass season, as she's boycotting clay with the latest "injury".

Yes, how crazy to think that a near 30 year old woman might have an injury that she wants to protect until she feels healthy enough to compete. After over a decade on tour, the aches and pains are surely minimal.

MH0861
Mar 21st, 2006, 06:24 AM
That's what I'm thinking. Perhaps she'll play Eastbourne.

She definitely should. I know she doesn't like that tournament either (Gosh, what tournaments does Lindsay like? :angel: ), but she really needs SOME match play before entering Wimbledon. The weather's bad, the grass is different, yadda yadda yadda.. she better play it or something else before Wimbledon.

It won't happen, but she really should play Charleston if possible, then RG, then Wimbledon.

hingis-seles
Mar 21st, 2006, 07:21 AM
What a shock. :rolleyes:

See you on the grass, Lindsay ;) :wavey:

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Mar 21st, 2006, 07:22 AM
saw this coming a mile away

Jakeev
Mar 21st, 2006, 10:46 AM
Yes, how crazy to think that a near 30 year old woman might have an injury that she wants to protect until she feels healthy enough to compete. After over a decade on tour, the aches and pains are surely minimal.


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Martian Stacey
Mar 21st, 2006, 10:59 AM
Get well soon Lindsay :hug: