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newselflee
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Yanina Wickmayer's father Marc has said his daughter will not play in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Estonia unless she is in the starting singles lineup. The two nations will meet in Hasselt, Belgium, at the end of April.

Wickmayer is currently the highest-ranked Belgian, but with comeback queens Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin also on the team, she could find herself warming the bench until the tie is decided.

"It's the beginning of the clay season and Yanina does not want to risk injury in a match without significance," Marc Wickmayer told Le Soir, questioning Henin's motives for volunteering for the tie. "Why does Justine want to play? Because the match is taking place in Belgium? To look after her popularity in Flanders? If she's there again next year to go to Russia or the Czech Republic, then I'll present her with my apologies."

Marc Wickmayer also said Clijsters "doesn't talk to me a lot and is very distant with Yanina."

Yanina, however, has indicated she would be willing to play either way. "If I have to play, I'll play. If not, I'll encourage the others," she said. "The most important thing is that Belgium wins. I don't want to impose myself."

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:48 PM
Yanina :worship:
Yanina's dad :weirdo:

Ryan
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:49 PM
Parents should STFU. They get their daughters in more trouble/heat with fans, organizers and commentators than the players could on their own. Literally - you are a parent, and 90% of the time you have NO tennis eduction. Stop talking.

Julian.
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Yanina :inlove:

Kworb
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:52 PM
Why should Kim and Yanina be best friends just because they're both from Flanders? They seem like very different people in different life stages.

GracefulVenus
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:54 PM
Yanina :yeah:, I'm an official so you know parents get on my last nerve.....

Beat
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:58 PM
Parents should STFU.

this.

cellophane
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:59 PM
I'm surprised he says Kim and Yanina are distant. I mean, I don't know if they are BFFs or not (doesn't seem like it), but distant? But, yeah, he is probably talking bs.

Pheobo
Mar 29th, 2010, 02:59 PM
Yanina's idiot father should be thankful that he was able to raise such a classy girl.

Ferg
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:00 PM
These tennis daddies are love :hearts:

LoLex
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:04 PM
He is sooo right. It was simply awful what Clijsters did this year saying she will play Fed Cup after Australian Open. She confirmed that several times and she even said this in Melbourne, two weeks before the Fed Cup event. She lost against Petrova and then she started to act like a baby pulling out of the Fed Cup with no special reason and then after all she played Billie Jean King Cup to get $400,000. And that woman now gets the award for the Best Sportmanship? Shame :spit:

Andreas
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Yanina's idiot father should be thankful that he was able to raise such a classy girl.

:happy:

Jorn
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:06 PM
Sabine will pick the best 2 players not the higest rankt players...

Monzanator
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Bet he's jealous both Clijsters & Henin came back cause his daughter would have been #1 Belgian and the other two are stealing almost all the headlines instead :lol: I don't know how popular tennis is in Belgium, but I guess with such two players it must be pretty big.

roelc
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Yanina Wickmayer's father Marc has said his daughter will not play in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Estonia unless she is in the starting singles lineup.

as far as i know he never said this. wrong translation i suppose...

i do hope sabine can solve the 'problem'

newselflee
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:11 PM
as far as i know he never said this. wrong translation i suppose...

i do hope sabine can solve the 'problem'


article from tennis.com

moby
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:18 PM
Yeah, Daddy Wickmayer was an ass there, but then he's just speaking what he thinks is the truth (and he'd even apologise to Justine too.)... It's difficult when you're a single parent, and you've had to give up your career, your hometown, for your daughter, perhaps out of a sense of guilt he felt he needed to shower his daughter with the love of a mother too. He's not a typical tennis dad who pushed this daughter to choose tennis. And while he might not think of it as a sacrifice, he probably does think of it as a vendetta against life.

He's very protective of Yanina, but when you're double the parent, that comes with the territory.

And if Yanina comes across as petulant and spoilt sometimes, that's also understandable. She was very mature and PC in this interview though. :)

Yonexforever
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:28 PM
I dont think he has said anything most of us hadnt THOUGHT about.
Kim gets a pass on a lot of levels and I dont understand why.

Sean.
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:29 PM
To be fair, he does have a point.

Nicolas
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:30 PM
Yanina's idiot father should be thankful that he was able to raise such a classy girl.

:spit:

Elwin.
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:31 PM
Yanina deserves to play in fedcup. She always has been very loyal to the fedcup squad.
You can't say that of Kim and Justine.

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:36 PM
Yanina's idiot father should be thankful that he was able to raise such a classy girl.

I love sarcastic posts. :worship:

Sarah<Kim-fan>
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:38 PM
oh yeah, Kim really wasn't loyal to the fed cup team

she played: (and I'll only start in 2002 when she was in top 10)

2002 round 1 (and got a shoulder injury afterwards)
2003 round 1 and quarterfinal
2004 first round (and was injured the rest of the year)
2005 (and was injured the first round) play off
2006 quarter final and semi final (no she didn't play the final, after all she did have surgery to her wrist a couple of weeks before)
2007 she retired

so can you blame her for being a little irritated when comments like that are in all belgian newspapers?

Yanina's dad admitted by the way that Kim was loyal to the fed cup team

it's all just a typical belgian story

Jose.
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Hopefully Wickmayer will play with Kim and Justine stays out.
About Yanina's dad he is right.

itzhak
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:51 PM
For god sake, it is ESTONIA!

brent-o
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:53 PM
I can get where he is coming from, being that Yanina worked hard to be the top-ranked Belgian. But being that they have a pair of multiple Slam winners for your team, it's hard to pick her over them. Bitching about it publicly sure won't help.

BournemouthBoy
Mar 29th, 2010, 03:53 PM
i dont see why she should play, the team should be the best 2 players, not the best ranked.

moby
Mar 29th, 2010, 04:00 PM
For god sake, it is ESTONIA!That's probably all the more why he thinks Yanina should play. Easy Fed Cup cred for the pickings. :lol:
He'd be less vehement if Belgium were up against Russia Team A or Williams x 2.

thegreendestiny
Mar 29th, 2010, 04:04 PM
Free Flanders!

saki
Mar 29th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Yanina's dad is talking rubbish - both Kim and Justine have played a lot of Fed Cup. Not every single tie, no, but they've both played a lot, they've won the Fed Cup for Belgium and Justine brought home an Olympic gold.
That said, Yanina should lead the team, she's the highest ranked and she got the team to this point. She should play two singles and Kim and Justine can split the other two singles matches between them, unless she loses her first singles at which point she should be replaced by one of the others. No reason why all three of them can't play singles.

GAGAlady
Mar 29th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Yanina's dad sounds to me like a big cry baby.

Why does Kim Clijsters have to "talk" to him more? Why does Justine have to justify why or why not she wants to play Fed cup????

Is he the Fed Cup Captain? I dont think so.

It seems to me that he is either jealous of there success or he's just talking trash. This man is too funny. "she doesnt talk to me much" OMG what planet is HE ON! lord! get some friends!

matthias
Mar 29th, 2010, 04:29 PM
omg - another crazy father

harloo
Mar 29th, 2010, 04:46 PM
He is sooo right. It was simply awful what Clijsters did this year saying she will play Fed Cup after Australian Open. She confirmed that several times and she even said this in Melbourne, two weeks before the Fed Cup event. She lost against Petrova and then she started to act like a baby pulling out of the Fed Cup with no special reason and then after all she played Billie Jean King Cup to get $400,000. And that woman now gets the award for the Best Sportmanship? Shame :spit:

:haha::haha:

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 29th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Yanina Wickmayer's father Marc has said his daughter will not play in Belgium's Fed Cup tie against Estonia unless she is in the starting singles lineup. The two nations will meet in Hasselt, Belgium, at the end of April.

Wickmayer is currently the highest-ranked Belgian, but with comeback queens Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin also on the team, she could find herself warming the bench until the tie is decided.

"It's the beginning of the clay season and Yanina does not want to risk injury in a match without significance," Marc Wickmayer told Le Soir, questioning Henin's motives for volunteering for the tie. "Why does Justine want to play? Because the match is taking place in Belgium? To look after her popularity in Flanders? If she's there again next year to go to Russia or the Czech Republic, then I'll present her with my apologies."

Marc Wickmayer also said Clijsters "doesn't talk to me a lot and is very distant with Yanina."

Yanina, however, has indicated she would be willing to play either way. "If I have to play, I'll play. If not, I'll encourage the others," she said. "The most important thing is that Belgium wins. I don't want to impose myself."

I'm liking Yanina's dad more and more. :lol:

What the hell's up with these Belgians? There's only a few of them, can't any of them get along?

Illusionist
Mar 29th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Yay, another Damir :mad:

pav
Mar 29th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Puddingface has turned down playing fed cup in the past so why trust the bugger now:confused:

Olórin
Mar 29th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Puddingface has turned down playing fed cup in the past so why trust the bugger now:confused:

Im wondering if Im ever going to see a post of yours that doesn't read like a pile of shit? :confused:

RenaSlam.
Mar 29th, 2010, 08:01 PM
Well Clijsters and Henin are better players. Nevermind the rankings.

-Sonic-
Mar 29th, 2010, 08:42 PM
I guess time will tell -

when there's a tie in Nowheresville, miles away from home/the next tournament, we'll see who commits.

Only then can we call him names or not.

treufreund
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:22 PM
Poor Yanina for having to put up with this jerk of a father.

#kArLoS#
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:28 PM
I think that was unnecessary from Marc.I mean,we are talking about Estonia...

moby
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:28 PM
Poor Yanina for having to put up with this jerk of a father.She's lucky to have a father like him.

debby
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:31 PM
Marc has said that Yanina would not return to the team if she wouldn't play a match which counts (not after the 3-0/1/2 lead tie...) :tape: he also said that Justine could have finished her doubles match in that 2006 final because even on one leg, she could have won the doubles with Flipper. Very disrespectful towards the Italian double, Justine and Flipper (he talked for her, and she is friend with Justine, I don't think Flipper liked his comment about "Flipper even cried for two hours because of Henin's retirement" )

He thinks Kim should play only if it takes places in Flanders with Yanina and Flipper, and Justine instead of Kim in Wallonia :haha: Bullshit.

Clijsters has reacted : she is very happy that Justine and she are back for a strong team, and hopes to play with others Belgians (Flipper, Yanina), Justine doesn't care about Marc's comments, but she will be there, against Estonia, bench or not. Smart reactions, same about Yanina. :yeah:

It's sad because of her father, Sabine could choose Kim, Justine and Flippen in order to show to the Wickmayers she is the only one to choose who should play.

Joana
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:38 PM
(he talked for her, and she is friend with Justine, I don't think Flipper liked his comment about "Flipper even cried for two hours because of Henin's retirement" )


And she should have cried since it was probably the worst performance by anyone I've seen in pro tennis, singles or doubles. She was utterly hopeless, Justine would have had an easier time playing all by herself against the Italians.

Kim and Justine don't have to explain or justify themselves to Wickmayer's father. Although it seems like he would like it, he's not the Fed Cup team captain. And let's see how loyal Wickmayer will be to the team after 3-4 years on top of the WTA like Kim and Justine, if it ever happens.

earthcrystal
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:46 PM
Parents should STFU.

Indeed.

timafi
Mar 29th, 2010, 09:49 PM
you can be from the same country and not be the best of friends:rolleyes:

Wickmayer should stfu:( and Yanina sounds whynny:o

terjw
Mar 29th, 2010, 10:41 PM
oh yeah, Kim really wasn't loyal to the fed cup team

she played: (and I'll only start in 2002 when she was in top 10)

2002 round 1 (and got a shoulder injury afterwards)
2003 round 1 and quarterfinal
2004 first round (and was injured the rest of the year)
2005 (and was injured the first round) play off
2006 quarter final and semi final (no she didn't play the final, after all she did have surgery to her wrist a couple of weeks before)
2007 she retired

so can you blame her for being a little irritated when comments like that are in all belgian newspapers?

Yanina's dad admitted by the way that Kim was loyal to the fed cup team

it's all just a typical belgian story

Exactly.

Ramos
Mar 29th, 2010, 10:43 PM
Yanina's dad sounds to me like a big cry baby.

Why does Kim Clijsters have to "talk" to him more? Why does Justine have to justify why or why not she wants to play Fed cup????

Is he the Fed Cup Captain? I dont think so.

It seems to me that he is either jealous of there success or he's just talking trash. This man is too funny. "she doesnt talk to me much" OMG what planet is HE ON! lord! get some friends!Marc Wickmayer made comments earlier about the fedcup tie, about a week ago maybe. In those he stated that Yanina wouldn't be the fifth wheel and if one day kim or justine weren't able to play due to their busy schedule, Yanina might at that moment also be "too busy". He also said that the reason they wanted Kim to play was to increase ticketsales in the tie vs Estonia.

That's why he made those comments this time around about Kim now giving him the cold shoulder, after she heard what he said in that previous interview of course. Hopes that explains it better. Marc Wickmayer is known as being a bit ... odd.

terjw
Mar 29th, 2010, 10:47 PM
On Yanina's Dad and Yanina - I knew Yanina had said she'd been fine about this. But she wouldn't be human if she didn't have the passing thought that she won her Fed Cup tie without Justine and Kim and now she's being bumped out by them.

So I do just have this thought that despite saying she's absolutely fine with Kim and Justine playing in place of her - if she's not unhappy with what her Dad said but that she doesn't want to be the one to say it. It's like in politics with Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. They had their Alastair Campbells and Bernard Inghams to do grubby things like brief against fellow ministers and that sort of thing.

youizahoe
Mar 29th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Her dad is completely correct.

1. Yanina worked her butt off to keep the belgium group in play.
2. Kim and Justine will only play the next tie and Yanina/Kirsten won't even be allowed to play.
3. Justine will certainly not play the next fedcup ties because she'll either be fatigued or injured (as always).

And not to mention that most Flemish people rather see Yanina play than Justine. And I don't disagree with them either. Justine isn't a FC kind of player, so she doesn't need to act all holy like she loves the FC to death.

youizahoe
Mar 29th, 2010, 10:51 PM
Yay, another Damir :mad:

You are comparing a thug with a criminal record to someone with a clean slate? Oh dear.

chloe-l
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:11 PM
And she should have cried since it was probably the worst performance by anyone I've seen in pro tennis, singles or doubles. She was utterly hopeless, Justine would have had an easier time playing all by herself against the Italians.

Kim and Justine don't have to explain or justify themselves to Wickmayer's father. Although it seems like he would like it, he's not the Fed Cup team captain. And let's see how loyal Wickmayer will be to the team after 3-4 years on top of the WTA like Kim and Justine, if it ever happens.

:angel:

Harvs
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:11 PM
idiot.

debby
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:14 PM
Her dad is completely correct.

1. Yanina worked her butt off to keep the belgium group in play.
2. Kim and Justine will only play the next tie and Yanina/Kirsten won't even be allowed to play.
3. Justine will certainly not play the next fedcup ties because she'll either be fatigued or injured (as always).

And not to mention that most Flemish people rather see Yanina play than Justine. And I don't disagree with them either. Justine isn't a FC kind of player, so she doesn't need to act all holy like she loves the FC to death.

No, I can understand Yanina, but in FC it is not her who decides, and both Kim and Justine are better than her, especially on clay. So it is understandable, that's not because Yanina has worked to keep the belgian groupe in play that she should play all the time. She must earn it when Kim and Justine are here. On FC, you take players who wants to play and who are inform.

I am sorry, but Kirsten says nothing and I think she has the right to talk like the Wickmayers because they do. But Flipper doesn't. She is too classy, she knows she will never be as good as Kim and Justine will be, but she enjoys the FC, and I hope she will play the doubles ! I really like her.

3/ Who are you to say it ? :help:
Without her in 2006, Russia would have beaten Belgium, Kim lost the first match, Justine won her two matchs.... then she was very tired for the SF (Roland-Garros Win, Eastbourne Win, Wimbledon Final), why don't you talk about Kim's withdrawal for february (as LoLex has said, she said she would be there just before her loss to Petrova) ?

I remember Justine tried to come for the SF, she wanted to support the team and to have dinner with them, but she has been denied because some people from the staff (perhaps even Kim's dad but I am not sure at all ) didn't want her to be there, she was very sad, she even cried according to Rodriguez. Then she was injured but wanted to play the final, and I don't know why she did it if she doesn't like FC.

4/ Well, to be fair, I think Flemish people would rather see Kim AND Justine than Kim and Yanina... Justine is much more popular than Yanina in Belgium. What Yanina's dad has said about Flemish match : team Yanina/Kim then Walloon match : Ju/Kim was really retarded. They are all Belgian, nothing less nothing more.

debby
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:16 PM
Clijsters and Henin respond to criticism from Wickmayer camp

Marc Wickmayer, father of tennis star Yanina, last week threw the cat among the pigeons by complaining about the "hypocrisy" in the Fed Cup team. According to him, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters will prevail and his daughter will only serve as a reserve. And it was because of Yanina that our country can fight for a spot in the World Group in late April.
"Well, what can I say?" Clijsters responds. "I look forward to Fed Cup play, especially now that Justine and I can form a team with the new generation. I know now that it will be a beautiful week. There are always people who want to interfere, but I am now almost 27 years old: their words are with me in one ear and out the other again. "

Papa Wickmayer lashed out at Henin in particular. She wants to play to maintain her popularity. "I regret that he shows so little respect for me, but his comments leave me cold," said 'Juju'. "We are very lucky that we have some talented players available. If the team needs me, I will be there." (svm) (SVM)

Joana
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:19 PM
Who Flemish people would want to see is irrelevant. Sabine Appelmans is the captain of Belgium, not Flanders. And as such she would want to have the best Belgians on the team. Yes, it's "only" Estonia. But bad luck happens, injuries happen and so on. USA played "only Austria" eight years ago and that ended in a disaster.

youizahoe
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:19 PM
No, I can understand Yanina, but in FC it is not her who decides, and both Kim and Justine are better than her, especially on clay. So it is understandable, that's not because Yanina has worked to keep the belgian groupe in play that she should play all the time. She must earn it when Kim and Justine are here. On FC, you take players who wants to play and who are inform.

Logic says the highest placed players get placed for the singles matches, however it can be voted for otherwise. But here it's, Oh hai Justine and Kim and bubai Yanina and Kirsten.

I am sorry, but Kirsten says nothing and I think she has the right to talk like the Wickmayers because they do. But Flipper doesn't. She is too classy, she knows she will never be as good as Kim and Justine will be, but she enjoys the FC, and I hope she will play the doubles ! I really like her.

Oh she'll talk. She always speaks her mind.

4/ Well, to be fair, I think Flemish people would rather see Kim AND Justine than Kim and Yanina... Justine is much more popular than Yanina in Belgium. What Yanina's dad has said about Flemish match : team Yanina/Kim then Walloon match : Ju/Kim was really retarded. They are all Belgian, nothing less nothing more.

Sorry you aren't Belgian nor are you Flemish, so don't try to act like you know how we think. Most people are outraged that the fed cup management is willing to push Yanina and Kirsten completely aside in a non-political way FOR TICKET SALES.

debby
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:28 PM
Clijsters is like 13th with a few tournaments, and Henin is within the top 30 with 4 tournaments (including Miami), so i think they will be ranked higher than Yanina with the same number of tournaments.

I am not Belgian but I have many friends from Belgium, I often reads dhnet.be, lalibre, le soir.... What I find funny is when Justine says no, she gets bullied , and when she says yes, everybody is like "ohhhh she's trying to steal Yanina's spotlight" :tape: :tape:

But I am sure they would prefer to see Justine rather than Yanina, she is a multiple slam champion, she is belgian, she is very popular, she has a beautiful game esp. on clay. After all, Justine has already been awarded in sports in Flanders, unlike Yanina, amn't I wrong ?

Actually it is very sad to make two communauties : Walloons and Flemish. I'll never understand it, it is the same country for god's sake.

And I don't see where it is outrageous to sell tickets, after all, money runs pretty everything, if a tournament doesn't have enough money, it will die.

gentenaire
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:29 PM
Some fed cup ties are played at inconvenient times in the year, right before big tournaments. Other ties are played when it's a bit more quiet. I think Mark Wickmayer is trying to say that it should be more evenly distributed, that it's not fair that Kim and Justine only play when their schedule is light, while Yanina has to save the day, and jeopardise her own chances at tournaments, when schedules are tight.

debby
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Some fed cup ties are played at inconvenient times in the year, right before big tournaments. Other ties are played when it's a bit more quiet. I think Mark Wickmayer is trying to say that it should be more evenly distributed, that it's not fair that Kim and Justine only play when their schedule is light, while Yanina has to save the day, and jeopardise her own chances at tournaments, when schedules are tight.

Then he should complain about the schedule and not against Kim and Justine.

youizahoe
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:41 PM
Clijsters is like 13th with a few tournaments, and Henin is within the top 30 with 4 tournaments (including Miami), so i think they will be ranked higher than Yanina with the same number of tournaments.

I am not Belgian but I have many friends from Belgium, I often reads dhnet.be, lalibre, le soir.... What I find funny is when Justine says no, she gets bullied , and when she says yes, everybody is like "ohhhh she's trying to steal Yanina's spotlight" :tape: :tape:

But I am sure they would prefer to see Justine rather than Yanina, she is a multiple slam champion, she is belgian, she is very popular, she has a beautiful game esp. on clay. After all, Justine has already been awarded in sports in Flanders, unlike Yanina, amn't I wrong ?

Actually it is very sad to make two communauties : Walloons and Flemish. I'll never understand it, it is the same country for god's sake.

And I don't see where it is outrageous to sell tickets, after all, money runs pretty everything, if a tournament doesn't have enough money, it will die.

1. Then you clearly haven't read much, all flemish newssites are having a similar vibe, that they are not happy that Yanina is pushed aside, while she sacrificed a lot for the fed cup. They do not care about the limelight fact, perhaps the Walloon side does but not the Flemish.

2. Yanina received the newcomer award twice. Justine has one award and Kim has at least 3.

3. Yanina is currently ranked higher than both of them, so she is currently the top player. If we would use your logic than Navratilova at 50 yo would be picked over Serena or Venus Williams, because she is more accomplished.

4. Walloon part used to think they were better as us, they didn't feel the need to learn Flemish, because they felt like the superior race... Even in the war the commands were in French and more Flemish people lost their lives because of the Walloon incompetence to learn Flemish. Flemish people started protests and kicked the Walloons out of Flanders. But anyway I don't live my life through grudges against Walloons, they are nice now (well most)...

5. FC is supposed to be a sort of 'money-free' tournament, since it's funded by the government.

6. Nobody is mad at Kim or Justine, most people are mad at the management.

Ramos
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Some fed cup ties are played at inconvenient times in the year, right before big tournaments. Other ties are played when it's a bit more quiet. I think Mark Wickmayer is trying to say that it should be more evenly distributed, that it's not fair that Kim and Justine only play when their schedule is light, while Yanina has to save the day, and jeopardise her own chances at tournaments, when schedules are tight. He actually did say that, but it kinda got lost because of the other stuff he said. He remarked that Yanina always has a hard time the week that follows the fedcup-tie, like when she lost first round in Paris right after the Poland tie.

He has a few valid points, but the way he reacted (if the articles i read are accurate of course)was over the top. Saying that Henin retired in the fedcup final doublesmatch as soon as she felt an "owie", is silly. Like someone else mentioned she basicly had to play against the Italians by herself.

Joana
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:28 AM
Some fed cup ties are played at inconvenient times in the year, right before big tournaments. Other ties are played when it's a bit more quiet. I think Mark Wickmayer is trying to say that it should be more evenly distributed, that it's not fair that Kim and Justine only play when their schedule is light, while Yanina has to save the day, and jeopardise her own chances at tournaments, when schedules are tight.

I can somewhat agree with that. It's just, it belongs in a private conversation with Sabine Appelmans, not the media.

stangtennis
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:44 AM
I'm surprised he says Kim and Yanina are distant. I mean, I don't know if they are BFFs or not (doesn't seem like it), but distant? But, yeah, he is probably talking bs.
Clijsters Belgium BFF (BBFF) is her doubles partner Kirsten Flipkens. They used to go to the same tennis academy.

Jajaloo
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:18 AM
I'm not happy with Henin and Clijsters either.

hellas719
Mar 30th, 2010, 05:26 AM
Can you blame him? Yanina and Kirsten (mostly Yanina) have done everything for this team ever since they lost in the final to Italy in 2006. Yanina deserves to play. I'm sure if they played Serbia or someone then it would be different, but why can't Yanina at least play a live rubber against Ani? I mean it's Maret Ani for godsake!

LeonHart
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:14 AM
Jesus why do the Belgians hate each other so much >.> Now there's another one in the mix. They should support each other not tell each other off.

LeonHart
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:17 AM
Can you blame him? Yanina and Kirsten (mostly Yanina) have done everything for this team ever since they lost in the final to Italy in 2006. Yanina deserves to play. I'm sure if they played Serbia or someone then it would be different, but why can't Yanina at least play a live rubber against Ani? I mean it's Maret Ani for godsake!

They were bench warmers, that came star players when the starters retired. Now they can go back to bench warming again. That's just how it goes.

gentenaire
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:24 AM
I can somewhat agree with that. It's just, it belongs in a private conversation with Sabine Appelmans, not the media.

Definitely.

I'd been wondering how long it was going to take before the media would find a way again to cause dissent between the Belgian players. They just love to feed the flames.

madlove
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:00 AM
the tennis parents are even more over dramatic than the players! shut up already!