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Jan 25th, 2004, 05:18 PM
A lot of you requested this article so here it is.. GO LINDSAY!!!


There’s a lot more to Big Lindsay than meets the eye. The one adjective invariably used to describe Lindsay Davenport is ‘sweet’. Davenport is many things: down to earth, funny, polished, intelligent, unfailingly honest. She remembers the names of the security guards at her Laguna Beach compound and always says ‘Hi’. She writes thank-you notes to tournament directors, is punctual, proof reads her email for spelling errors and hates riding in limos. At tournaments she’d rather find a local greasy spoon than go out to the trendy, see-and-be-scene restaurants. But sweet? No.

‘Sweet’ wouldn’t compartmentalise pressure and coolly serve out for Grand Slam titles with the world watching. She wouldn’t call Kournikova, the hottest commodity in tennis, ‘A total circus act.’ She wouldn’t toss off enough creative variations of the F-word to make a builder blush. Nor would she sport a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her … um, lower back.

Sweet? Davenport didn’t even give her father, Wink a chance to become one of those domineering tennis dads. As a kid, she cringed when she watched her father get worked up at one of her sisters’ volleyball games. A week later, at one of her junior tournaments, Wink groaned aloud and shook his head when his daughter then 10 or 11 made a sloppy error. Lindsay stopped her match, calmly walked to the fence, and summoned her father. When he leaned over, she said, “Dad, if you do that one more time, you’ll never get to come and watch me again.”

“People who think I’m nice would be surprised to know what goes through my head on court”, she laughs. “I’m a total bitch out there. I get so p****d. Even when I am playing a friend and she hits a winner. I’m like, ‘Who the hell do you think you are? That’s how I think I can’t help it. If you look at my face, I look the meanest girl out there.”

And its not just tennis. She admits that she had to stop playing board games with friends long ago because she was insanely competitive. She and her coach rarely play points in practice because they invariably end in a dispute. To cut Davenport off in traffic is to put your life at risk. While some were shocked at the story that Lindsay once kicked Alexandra Stevenson’s bag across the locker room, Davenport’s friends nod knowingly. “That totally sounds like Lindsay,” says Rennae Stubbs. “She’s great but she doesn’t stand for any shit.”

Jan 25th, 2004, 06:13 PM
thanks for posting!

Jan 25th, 2004, 07:27 PM
Lindsay is tha Beaaaatch!!!!

Jan 25th, 2004, 07:33 PM
LOL I love this article about Lindsay. I remember so vividly those words she uttered about Ms. Kournikova in 1997: "I mean, she just f-ing lost!"

Jan 25th, 2004, 08:52 PM
HAHA. Why did she kick Stevenson's bag across the locker room? FUNNY! :lol:

Jan 25th, 2004, 09:22 PM
probably cause stevenson is a brat

Jan 25th, 2004, 09:24 PM
LOL. Good article.

Jan 25th, 2004, 09:27 PM
isnt lindsay just the greatest :bounce:

Jan 25th, 2004, 09:28 PM
HAHA. Why did she kick Stevenson's bag across the locker room? FUNNY! :lol:

glad to see that you changed her win loss record :worship:

Jan 25th, 2004, 09:32 PM
lindsay :worship: :bounce:

man i love those interviews about anna k and the " i'm in the semis and she's at the hotel packing " quotes :haha: :devil:

Jan 25th, 2004, 10:45 PM
lol Lindsay is the biigest Legend out there her attitude is so great ! Lol I would have loved to have seen Stephensons face :)

Jan 25th, 2004, 10:51 PM
Go Lindsay.
I wish she would be an aggressive bitch though. One that gets mad when she is losing to a top player and not slump her shoulder. I hope to see that attitude against Justine, where Lindsay simply goes at her fearless and confident.