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neorules
Jan 28th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Williams Sisters Skip Fed Cup; Oudin to Lead USWilliams sisters choose football over Fed Cup; Oudin, Huber to lead US against FranceBy HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis WriterWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. January 27, 2010 (AP) The Associated Press The Williams sisters are choosing football over Fed Cup. (AP)Serena and Venus Williams will not play in the Feb. 6-7 Fed Cup quarterfinal between the United States and France, saying they plan to be in South Florida for Super Bowl weekend in their roles as part owners of the NFL's Miami Dolphins.Instead, Melanie Oudin, Shenay Perry, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and top-ranked doubles player Liezel Huber were on the U.S. roster announced Wednesday by captain Mary Joe Fernandez. The best-of-five series will be played on red clay in Lievin, France.Asked this week at the Australian Open whether she'd be facing France, Serena Williams said: "I really want to, but ... since I do own a football team, we have some owner's stuff that we have to do for Super Bowl. Venus and I have to be there."The Dolphins say that's not exactly the case.There is a meeting for NFL owners Feb. 6, the day before the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints play in the Super Bowl at Miami. Last year, the Williams sisters were among several celebrities to buy a small stake in the Dolphins franchise."There is no formal requirement for them to be at any of the Super Bowl activities, including the owners' meetings. Any decision they make is their own personal choice," Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene wrote Wednesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press."I would also say that while there is no obligation for them to do so, they would benefit by attending some of the Super Bowl activities, since that would give them an opportunity to get to know members of the NFL family," Greene added.Serena Williams is 7-0 in Fed Cup action, and her older sister is 17-4, but neither has participated since 2007.The Williams sisters are by far the top American women: Serena is ranked No. 1 in singles and is in the Australian Open semifinals; Venus is No. 6 and reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne.Oudin, of Marietta, Ga., is ranked 48th; Perry, of Coral Springs, Fla., is ranked 107th; and Mattek-Sands, of Phoenix, is ranked 154th. Oudin was part of the U.S. team that lost to Italy in the 2009 Fed Cup final. End Quote----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Why not just say they don't want to play unless it serves their purpose. Why be hypocritical?

matty
Jan 28th, 2010, 02:44 PM
I think it's time for the younger generation to step up--and if they suck, well then it's time for the USTA to figure out how to get more kids playing and loving tennis.

BlameSerena
Jan 28th, 2010, 02:47 PM
So what?
They have obligations since they're owners of the Dolphins and the super bowl is in MIAMI...SERIOUS obligations to PARTY after a grueling slam. :)

And why does the thread title say BUSTED? Erm, they're 28 and 29 years old and I highly doubt they're hiding what they're doing because they don't want to be scolded or busted by the high and mighty tennis powers :rolleyes:

barboza
Jan 28th, 2010, 02:48 PM
Of course they are both not happy about Zina garrison going out

sweetpeas
Jan 28th, 2010, 02:54 PM
Check this out(small part of ownership).But it's their small part!:sad::lol:

Kunal
Jan 28th, 2010, 02:56 PM
ouch

if they said that they had to be there, then this is gonna put em in an embarrassing place

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 28th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Of course they are both not happy about Zina garrison going out

you're saying this is the reason they're not playing? if so, how do you explain them barely playing for zina. :unsure:

anyway, good for them...i'm jealous. miami is such a fun place, especially during a superbowl! :devil: :bounce:

I think it's time for the younger generation to step up--and if they suck, well then it's time for the USTA to figure out how to get more kids playing and loving tennis.

:worship: good post!

Dawson.
Jan 28th, 2010, 03:10 PM
Hardly 'busted' if they never made an attempt to cover it up :lol:

Anyways it's not 2011 - therefore WS not playing Fed Cup isn't exactly surprising.

jefrilibra
Jan 28th, 2010, 03:16 PM
ROTF @ Busted!

Heck if I were them I would choose to be at the Superbowl. Forreal!

Tennisstar86
Jan 28th, 2010, 03:17 PM
Id be taking my ass to the superbowl too....lol

pov
Jan 28th, 2010, 03:24 PM
So what?
They have obligations since they're owners of the Dolphins

They're not any more "owners of the Dolphins" than anyone who owns stock in any company. They do not have to be there. Wiki-p gives the team ownership as: Stephen M. Ross (95%) and H. Wayne Huizenga (5%) (Unknown percentage of ownership by Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Marc Anthony, Venus Williams, Serena Williams)

Serena y Monica
Jan 29th, 2010, 11:58 PM
They're not any more "owners of the Dolphins" than anyone who owns stock in any company. They do not have to be there. Wiki-p gives the team ownership as: Stephen M. Ross (95%) and H. Wayne Huizenga (5%) (Unknown percentage of ownership by Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Marc Anthony, Venus Williams, Serena Williams)
LOL...so they choose to be active minority owners...what's the problem? I'm sure they will have an awesome time and probably do some pr stuff...sounds like a fun time will be had by all.

Perhaps MJF should start doing some serious ass kissing Like Patrick if she wants their participation.

Slutiana
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:03 AM
They're not any more "owners of the Dolphins" than anyone who owns stock in any company. They do not have to be there. Wiki-p gives the team ownership as: Stephen M. Ross (95%) and H. Wayne Huizenga (5%) (Unknown percentage of ownership by Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Marc Anthony, Venus Williams, Serena Williams)
They turn 30 and 29 this year, and they have played fed cup a lot in the past. They play for themselves now, and tennis isn't their lives. All of this outside stuff is what keeps tennis fresh and interesting for them and what is going to keep them playing for years to come. So put that away. :rolleyes:

Dave.
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:04 AM
Anyways it's not 2011 - therefore WS not playing Fed Cup isn't exactly surprising.

I'm not sure that's entirely fair to Venus.

VishaalMaria
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Busted?

Venus was very upfront about it

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm not playing in the Fed Cup, sorry.

Jeff
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:29 AM
Venus and Serena already had prior commitments to attend the Super Bowl owner activities. Whether or not it was required is not the point - they chose to attend and that is their right to do so .

Venus and Serena have already participated in their share of Fed Cups and have carried the weight of USA for quite some time now. It's time for others to start stepping up to the plate, and if that doesn't happen, it's surely not their fault.

edificio
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:52 AM
This is dumb. The Williams Sisters have no obligation to play Fed Cup.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jan 30th, 2010, 12:58 AM
This is dumb. The Williams Sisters have no obligation to play Fed Cup.

This.

The last time they consistently played, BJK was captain.

sorceress
Jan 30th, 2010, 01:47 AM
Um who wouldn't choose to go to the SB!

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 30th, 2010, 01:57 AM
huh??? if those players actually went deep into tournaments the week before fed cup then i'd understand :spit:

Dementieva Guts
Jan 30th, 2010, 03:31 AM
you're saying this is the reason they're not playing? if so, how do you explain them barely playing for zina. :unsure:

anyway, good for them...i'm jealous. miami is such a fun place, especially during a superbowl! :devil: :bounce:



:worship: good post!

Nothing wrong about tennis and fed cup, but you're right between fed cup and a weekend in florida during the superbowl and all the stuff happening in that area for couple of weeks, venus took the right destination. Im going to miami this september for the 1st time, i wont think about my work (like williams wont think about theirs also). It a great place to free your mind and doing something interesting beside working