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icequeen
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:06 AM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-brickten19dec19,0,3581737.column?coll=sfla-sports-tennis

icequeen
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:06 AM
Perry-Evert a match
Published December 19, 2004


It was Valentine's Day, the perfect day to propose marriage, and so Drew Evert, eldest of the five children of South Florida's first parents of tennis, escorted the woman of his dreams to a small park off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and began his pitch.

"He was saying all the right things," said Penny Perry. "Very romantic. And I kept thinking to myself, Come on, Drew. Just say it."

He did. They will, on Feb. 26, at St. Margaret's Church in the quaint East Sussex village of Rottingdean, followed by a two-hour drive up to Wimbledon, where there will be blessings delivered next to the statue of Penny's father, the great Fred Perry -- last British man to win Wimbledon, 69 years ago.

It will be a third marriage for each and, with Drew 51 and Penny 46, the chances of producing brilliant little Perry-Everts to dominate tennis seem somewhere between remote and non-existent.

But what great offspring they could have had, had they met 25 years ago. Who can say that they would not have been better than the much-anticipated careers of the children of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

"Oh, we've joked about it," Perry said. "We thought it would interesting."

Fred Perry, who was the first man to win all four Grand Slam titles -- though not in the same year -- had made Boca Raton his permanent residence following World War II and became great friends of Jimmy and Colette Evert and later, of course, Chrissie and the rest of the Evert children.

Penny and Drew met three years ago playing a mixed doubles social at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and didn't see each other again until November of last year, when Drew was roped into another mixed doubles group when one of the players injured his shoulder.

"It was great fun. We had a real ball and he called me the next day and asked me if I fancied having dinner with him," Perry said. "Within 48 hours of having dinner with him, I announced, `I've just met the man I'm going to marry.'"

It's taken a year to move these two from engagement to marriage, but it sounds like it's going to be memorable.

"It will be an old-fashioned country wedding in a church with cobbled walls and flintstone. I just think this is phenomenal," said Perry. "It's like two tennis playing names colliding, both of whom are relevant to Wimbledon."

Fred Perry was 50 old when his daughter was born, so the only view she had of her father's great moments has been on old BBC films.

"It's like going into a time warp, isn't it?" she said. "But he looked terribly elegant in long white pants.

"My father, aside from being a great player, was a total comedian. There was the night he and Stirling Moss, the race car driver, and the wives were going to a black-tie function. "Food's lousy," my father said on the way home.

And then the chauffeured car stopped at a corner at 2 a.m. where there was a fish and chips shop open. "Fred and Stirling looked at each other and the wives said, `Don't you even think about it.'

"They got out of the car in their black ties and formal wear and came back with fish and chips."

Penny Perry is just about as uncomplicated as her father. The engagement ring is a three-stone sapphire diamond. "I'm not the ostentatious type," she said. "I like things simple and classy."

Sounds very much like the Everts.

Second serves

Roger Federer, who went coachless in 2004 after dismissing Peter Lundgren at the end of 2003, plans to have a coach in 2005, but only if he can get the man he wants. His first choice was Darren Cahill, but Cahill will continue coaching Agassi next season. His second choice is Tony Roche, the great Aussie left-hander and volley technician. But at 59 Roche may not be eager for 34 to 36 weeks of travel. ...

Alex Bogomolov, the 21-year-old from south Miami, was quietly married to onetime tennis glamour player Ashley Harkleroad in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Dec. 4. They'll live in Georgia.

It was a marriage they were intent on since early in the year, though many advised them they were too young and that it would hold back their tennis careers. That won't be a problem for Harkleroad, 19. She has quit the WTA Tour.

WorldWar24
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:09 AM
how sad :sobbing: Ashley had some limitations, but she was definitely going to be a top20-25 player, expecially dangerous on clay

*roddicksinme*
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:11 AM
thats too bad....she was a nice player :(

jonny84
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:32 AM
Shame that she has retired - she will be remembered for that great winning streak at the Family Circle Cup 2003 where she beat Loit, Bovina, Shaughnessy and Hantuchova to get to the semis and for her finalist at Auckland 2004. She also won two ITF singles titles too.

Best wishes for your future Ashley.

switz
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:44 AM
i didn't have a problem with the principal of her getting married but i think it's really unfortunate she is giving up so soon. i'm pretty sure she'll realise quite quickly that it was not the right move.

i know she has had injury problems but taking the easy option is rarely the best option IMO.

Greenout
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:49 AM
Wow. Remember when she was hailed as America's new Hingis, the
female "andy".

Dumb move.

Boy, will she regret it.

Captain.Canada
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:54 AM
If you don't love playing tennis than it's the right move to make.

Greenout
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:57 AM
If you don't love playing tennis than it's the right move to make.

True; but the USTA had invested so much time and effort into
her career, as much as Andy's. She was the future of American
women's tennis.

I don't' know if you were around the hype surrounding Ashley.
It was huge- they couldn't stop talking about her.

tennischick
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:03 AM
the USTA and Bolletieri must be pissed

icequeen
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:13 AM
After the marriage ends withing the next year or so she will be back with the WTA. Don't mean to sound harsh but that is the reality of it.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:17 AM
i wonder why she is quitting??? and realize that it is not official until the Wta confirms

VeeDaQueen
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:19 AM
remember when she was supposed to be a dark horse at Wimbledon and got her ass kicked by Maria? :lol:

Greenout
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:44 AM
Where you around when the buzz was the potential match up
between Hingis and Ashley in an event?

Meesh
Jan 10th, 2005, 02:46 AM
I'm speechless, I thought she was out with elbow or wrist problems. I hope she reconsiders. I wonder if it was the pressure placed on her?? I remember the media frenzy surounding her. It was before Maria but after Anna's injuries. I think the media wanted a young blonde to fill some void they thought needed filled!

JenFan75
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:04 AM
Eh...She'll be back.

LindsayRocks89
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:10 AM
i don't know if this is true or not. . wait until the wtatour announces it or we see a statement from ashley. . . i sure hope it isnt, she definitely ahs potential.

ma261988
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:11 AM
No offense but she was a one tournament wonder on the WTA Circuit. At best she was a mid-level player making most of her damage at the ITF level.

jdog3008
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:14 AM
After the marriage ends withing the next year or so she will be back with the WTA. Don't mean to sound harsh but that is the reality of it. :worship::worship:
No one should get married so young. She will regret it in a few years.

Greenout
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:38 AM
No offense but she was a one tournament wonder on the WTA Circuit. At best she was a mid-level player making most of her damage at the ITF level.

I don't know how long you were following tennis; but there
was a huge buzz for her. This was when she won the
Orange Bowl. She was one of the higher paid juniors,
and was profiled on tv, and in TENNIS magazine. Her name
was tossed around as much as Andy's. She even had a
big following among those people on the web that cheer
on the "new hot tennis players"

Believe it or not she was suppose to be the new
"American Hingis". Her hype was bigger than Justine's, who
at that point's only claim to fame was taking Lindsay to 3 set and
having a match point in the 1999 1st rd at Roland Garros.

Ashley was suppose to be Dokic's big new rival - so it seemed at
that point. We're talking about 2000 season here.

Weird how these things turn out, isn't it?

Sally Struthers
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:42 AM
As soon as she realizes that the 2 of them can't make ends meet, she'll come back to the tour.

BoucharDRules
Jan 10th, 2005, 03:51 AM
Um......why is there no official word of her retirement?

FaceyFacem
Jan 10th, 2005, 04:08 AM
really won't miss her, i never believed the hype, she was destined for a career of mediocrity, as is her new hubby...hopefully they're happy though!

¤CharlDa¤
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:14 AM
I never liked her and never found anything incredible in her game. She would ahve been a normal player, doing good things now and then but not much more....Her hype was just too big for her talent. Sadly that is the result :sad:

Martian KC
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:20 AM
:ras: to all those that didn't believe me when I first posted this!

switz
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:28 AM
well i should say that some little paragraph at the end of article in a no-name paper isn't exactly official confirmation that she has given up tennis. it doesn't make much sense her quitting because it's not as though it will allow her to spend more time with her husband when he is a tennis player as well.

PatM04
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:45 AM
That was posted a while back and she still hasnt issued a formal statement...

Lemonskin.
Jan 10th, 2005, 07:22 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO please Pebbles don't let it be true :sad:

Vut
Jan 10th, 2005, 08:53 AM
:sad:

Prizeidiot
Jan 10th, 2005, 11:52 AM
That's a rather silly thing for her to do. She quit school, and now she's quit tennis to do what? Live off Alex's success, which is extremely limited. She's going to struggle...

Marcus1979
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:03 PM
so many players have retired recently

:sad: :sad: :sad:

icequeen
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:05 PM
As soon as she realizes that the 2 of them can't make ends meet, she'll come back to the tour.

Yep, I was just wondering about their financial status. It's not to say that she has made that much money on tour and he is rank like in the 100's so how much $ can he be bringing home for their up keep. A lot of marriages break up because of financial reasons.

icequeen
Jan 10th, 2005, 12:06 PM
I never liked her and never found anything incredible in her game. She would ahve been a normal player, doing good things now and then but not much more....Her hype was just too big for her talent. Sadly that is the result :sad:


Isn't that mostly always the case.

Tennisfan-Mtl
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:00 PM
I'm not a fan of Harkleroad...but it's true...the hype was huuuuuuuuuuge......And I'm surprised about this decision...She did have some potential...so why quit ?

greenfunkTHREE.
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:16 PM
the USTA and Bolletieri must be pissed

:haha:

icequeen
Jan 10th, 2005, 01:46 PM
I'm not a fan of Harkleroad...but it's true...the hype was huuuuuuuuuuge......And I'm surprised about this decision...She did have some potential...so why quit ?

Sorry, but I never saw any potential in her. Maybe after the marriage is over she will come back to the tour and do better.

crazillo
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:26 PM
:sad:

I still hope until the official retirement.

tom2791
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:39 PM
Ashley :sad:

Tenisci
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:43 PM
Bad News

ptkten
Jan 10th, 2005, 05:48 PM
The only source ever to post something about this is the sun-sentinel, so unless they know something no one else does, including the WTA, then I wouldn't jump to conclusions. The last thing from any official source is that she was taking a break for the end of last year, it's possible that the Sun-Sentinel misinterpreted that as a retirement.

That being said, I really hope this isn't true :sad:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jan 10th, 2005, 06:55 PM
There was a little blurb in Tennis Week about it. Ashley left the tour (although not officially) and then became a teaching pro in Chattanooga, Tennesee. After a couple months of that she quit teaching there and became a teaching pro in Atlanta, which is where her husband trains.

I think it's pretty silly to just toss her career down the drain, but perhaps she realizes that there's really no way the marriage would work unless one of them made a sacrifice on that level.

carot
Jan 10th, 2005, 06:55 PM
is this the third or the fourth time this was posted? i lost track

i hope our pebbles will return to the courts soon, or live a happy life without tennis :cool:

*edit after bradshaws post* or live happily with tennis but without active pro tour tennis! ;)

Fantastic
Jan 11th, 2005, 04:09 PM
Ashley Harkleroad, as mediocre a talent as a few people in this thread seem to believe, could probably rake in more prizemoney in one year on the WTA Tour than Alex Bogomolov could rake in throughout five years on the ATP Tour. Her chances of success are much higher in the women's game than him on the ATP playing challenger after challenger or possibly earning a few thousand from a wildcard into the US Open. If anything, Alex should sit in the stands and support Ashley's career while she goes out and makes a living for them. What will she do at home? Feed the dog, eat a lot, get fat, wear a tracksuit, use a cane to walk around the house, watch Oprah, Days of Our Lives, coach old grannies, old pervs, what? If she's permenantly injured or not happy playing tennis at all, then retirement is the only option, but if it's not the case, then she's lost the plot. And I've lost mine.

the cat
Jan 11th, 2005, 04:21 PM
I agree with Fantastic. Ashley's upside as a tennis player and as a money maker is much higher than her husbands is. That's for sure. Good luck to Asley and Alex. But I can't help but think that Harkleroad will regret her decision to retire in a couple of years.

daniela86
Jan 11th, 2005, 04:41 PM
i think she is right to prefer love and family to money and career :) :D i wish her all the best in her life :hug:

veryborednow
Jan 11th, 2005, 04:57 PM
nutter

LefandePatty
Jan 11th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Ashley :sad: :awww: :bigcry: :sobbing: :crying2: :hysteric: :sobbing: :bigcry: :crying2: :sobbing:

manu32
Jan 11th, 2005, 09:01 PM
who is this woman?????