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QUEENLINDSAY
Mar 7th, 2007, 05:55 PM
I'm just wondrin!

It just keep my hopes still up that she will play one more season limited schedule on 2008.

Am I on drugs? lol

QUEENLINDSAY
Mar 7th, 2007, 06:19 PM
Look at this latest interview from pacific life open tournament director. He is also keeping his hopes that Lindsay might play again because she hasn't officially retired yet.

http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbc...35/1002/sports

The Daviator
Mar 7th, 2007, 06:25 PM
Can you copy and paste the article, the link won't work, thanks :)

QUEENLINDSAY
Mar 7th, 2007, 07:38 PM
Q & A with tournament director Steve Simon


The tournament director of the Pacific Life Open sat down with The Desert Sun to answer questions about this year's event and its future, particularly with its place in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's "Roadmap to 2009," where the tour is looking to reorganize.
Q. No Lindsay Davenport this year. What has she meant to this event and what do you lose without that Southern California product.

A. We'll miss Lindsay, there's no way around it. She's a Southern California girl and she's done well here throughout the years. Lindsay's special to us because we've known her since she was a junior. We have a fondness and a special place in our hearts for Lindsay. We're going to miss her. On the other side, we're all excited for her. She's mentioned before that she was looking forward to having a family. She's going through that exciting time, where they're expecting their child in June. We wish them nothing but the best. Lindsay said she wasn't officially retiring. Hopefully, she decides she wants to play tennis again. If she does, we would like to have her here.

About the women's field, last year, Charlie (Pasarell, the tournament CEO) and Ray (the tournament president) expressed some disappointment in the women's field. In some respects, this field isn't as deep in the past.

Our goal with this event, from day one and it will continue to be, it will be as big of an event and important of an event as it can be. We're not shy. We're working hard to make it a Grand Slam event. We're now the most attended event outside the four Grand Slams. We should surpass 300,000 people this year. With this type of event, with this type of investment we put in the event and the facility, with the unprecedented ownership team we've put together, we want and we expect to get tremendous fields. Our sanctions calls for us to have six of the top-10 players in the world. This year, we currently have at least six of the top-10 through the last rankings. The men, we have mandatory participation. As part of the new roadmap for 2009, we are hoping to be able to obtain that sanction upgrade so we can have the same type of field we have on the men's side. We have a great field, but we would still like to see a strong woman's field, no question about it.

As far as the WTA, what kind of feedback have you gotten about this tournament's place in the roadmap?

The feedback we have received, we're an integral part of the roadmap. I think they see us as one of the major flagships of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. We're one of the flagship events. I think we have a good opportunity to upgrade our sanction and become a mandatory event. It's something we're working very hard with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. I hope we get there with them. It's a good partnership.

What has it been like with the new ownership that includes Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Pete Sampras?

It's been great having Pete, Billie Jean and Chris. It's terrific. But it's also the rest of the ownership group. It goes beyond them. You already saw this year, the beginning of the power of the group and the investments. We're making the investment this year into video with instant replay and video walls into the site. You see increased advertising and promotions around the event as a result of our partners. As an example, we had a full special section in Tennis Magazine this year. So we're beginning to see some of the results from there. I think the general public will see more fruits from these investments in 2008 and 2009. We're investing in programs that will be at those events. I'm very excited about the partnership, I'm excited about the enthusiasm and support they are bringing to the event. I think the future is very, very bright and very exciting for what we'll bring here.


The Pacific Life Open has renewed its contract as the title sponsor for one year. So after this tournament, that contract will be up again. What is the future with the tournament and Pacific Life?
We agreed after we did our one-year extension to sit down following the tournament and we'll present what our vision will be for this tournament for the next several years to them. Shortly after that meeting, we'll make a decision jointly for our future.

As far as the WTA's Roadmap, how much of a factor will that be in your negotiations with Pacific Life?

It plays a factor as far as what will this event be in 2009 going forward. We know and feel strongly this event will continue to be a flagship event for tennis outside the Grand Slams. I think that will only enhance our goals. It's only going to be a positive.

Is there a minimum to the years that will make sense?

You can say, but who knows. It's a negotiation at that time. It depends on who it is. If it's a Pacific Life, you can extend it one more year. If it's someone else, you wouldn't do it unless it was a long-term deal.

So it could be another one-year extension with Pacific Life?

Sure. Absolutely. We've done it before. It's a different thing to do it with a partner you've been together with for a few years than a new partner coming in.

On the court, have you ever seen a guy dominate one tournament like Roger has?

If you look at it, there have been tournaments that players have dominated. As you said, Pete at Wimbledon did. Steffi dominated a few slams in her days. I'm sure Rod Laver dominated a few tournaments, Tilden, Margaret Court. I'm sure they've all had their runs. Roger's run is not just what he's done in one tournament, but the consistency he's shown. He's broken Jimmy Connors and that's quite a record. What has he won the last two years, 24 tournaments? That's what's unique. When was the last time you saw that kind of dominance? You haven't seen it on the men's side. On the women, maybe Steffi during her heyday, she might have run and won that many tournaments.

What's your thought on American tennis? Last year, you had Andre Agassi and Lindsay Davenport, and they've both retired. From your perspective as a tournament director and as a fan, what is the state of American tennis?

As a fan, the U.S. hasn't dominated the rankings as they did. I can look at that a couple of ways. It could show the growth of tennis around the world. The U.S. still has great players, like Andy, James, Venus and Serena. When all of them are healthy, they're some of the best players in the world. I don't know where it's going to come from now. I would certainly like to see more U.S. kids up there. But it's a lot more competitive, a lot tougher to dominate. ... I think it's a harder one for the women. After Serena and Venus, where's that next young kid coming from? Where's that pack of U.S. kids. On the guys, you have Andy and James, and then you have a whole pack.

The Daviator
Mar 7th, 2007, 08:01 PM
Thanks, I saw it in GM :)

It's not happening, but it's funny how people are still speculating :lol:

John.
Mar 7th, 2007, 09:09 PM
I can't see it happening either.

Still, we can dream :)

QUEENLINDSAY
Mar 7th, 2007, 09:16 PM
I can't see it happening either.

Still, we can dream :)

But I feel she does'nt really want to call it quit yet. Its just that the baby comes and its a priority before tennis. I may be just dreaming, but......

Why in the hell she hasn't retire yet? For what reason she is prolonging her official retirement.

John.
Mar 7th, 2007, 09:57 PM
But I feel she does'nt really want to call it quit yet. Its just that the baby comes and its a priority before tennis. I may be just dreaming, but......

Why in the hell she hasn't retire yet? For what reason she is prolonging her official retirement.

She's always said she doesn't want any fuss or hooha when she retires.

Maybe she'll never announce it. She may just never return :shrug:

Andrew..
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:16 AM
I wouldn't be at all shocked if she came back in the summer of 2008.

Home life is going to get old. Fast.

hurricanejeanne
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:36 AM
Those are lovely words about Lindsay. :hearts:

I don't get it though, I understand the whole not wanting a retirement ceremony and what not, but I don't get why she hasn't made it official yet. It's been over three months since she announced her pregnancy.

I cannot see her coming back but I would just be over the moon if she ever did.

The Daviator
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:45 AM
Those are lovely words about Lindsay. :hearts:

I don't get it though, I understand the whole not wanting a retirement ceremony and what not, but I don't get why she hasn't made it official yet. It's been over three months since she announced her pregnancy.

I cannot see her coming back but I would just be over the moon if she ever did.

The shock would be enormous :lol: But she certainly can come back, say at IW next year, she'd only be 31, going on 32, she'd still be able to knock about the Safinas of the world, but she seems so homely, would she want to focus on other things besides the baby, I can't see her coming back for a 'fun' trip to Stanford, and then going again, I don't know...

John.
Mar 8th, 2007, 12:49 AM
She maybe thinks now that she would like to maybe have one more year on the tour, but I can't help feel that may change once she has the baby

!<blocparty>!
Mar 8th, 2007, 10:57 PM
Let's predict the second round score of the 2008 US Open.

(1) M. Sharapova def. (WC) L. Davenport 6-2 6-0.

Lindsayfan32
Mar 9th, 2007, 01:59 AM
I have a theory on this. Maybe she has decided on a trial retirement during her pregnancy and if she really doesn't want to make a comeback after the baby is born announce her retirement then. I for one hope she does officially retire after the baby is born as she has been a great champion over the years and that's the way she deserves to be remembered not as a fading star.

lindsayno1
Mar 9th, 2007, 09:37 AM
i agree!

MH0861
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Let's predict the second round score of the 2008 US Open.

(1) M. Sharapova def. (WC) L. Davenport 6-2 6-0.

Lindsay's two games come courtesy of 11 MS double faults. :lol:

Seriously though, she would be able to come back - but I would be absolutely shocked if she did.

michael j magill
Mar 11th, 2007, 09:13 PM
who knows what will lindsay do other than lindsay her self,she well may retire after the birth of her first,but tha she well might do what several others have done in the past have a kid or two,get back into playing shape play for a few more years than announce retirement usually at the u.s. open.

Ferosh
Mar 14th, 2007, 05:23 PM
This video tribute from ESPN officially comfirms Lindsay's retirement. :sad:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y8X40LSI

hurricanejeanne
Mar 14th, 2007, 05:32 PM
This video tribute from ESPN officially comfirms Lindsay's retirement. :sad:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y8X40LSI

I saw. I cried. I miss her. :sad:

LindsayRulz
Mar 14th, 2007, 07:15 PM
:sobbing::sobbing::sobbing::sobbing::sobbing:

Really great video. She looks so happy with her new life. I had never seen her dad before! :eek: And she looked so cute when she was young :lol:

I'd never seen the US Open match point either! Now we are real Lindsay fans! :woohoo:


EDIT : I have posted this reply at 19:15 :tape:

John.
Mar 14th, 2007, 07:23 PM
This is also the first time for me seeing her win the USO.

It's so sad. Lindsay :sad:

LindsayRulz
Mar 14th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Youtube version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI5KYybE81o

LDF
Mar 14th, 2007, 10:34 PM
This video tribute from ESPN officially comfirms Lindsay's retirement. :sad:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y8X40LSI

That made me cry :o :sad:

Great to hear from her again though - I wish only the best for her :)

The Daviator
Mar 14th, 2007, 10:52 PM
I just watched it, OMG :sobbing: It was really sad, did ESPN really need to use that music in the background :lol:

One thing that made me sad was watching the clips of her winning her Slams, I only started supporting her (and getting into tennis) at Wimbledon 2000, I never experienced those moments, I hadn't even seen the US Open championship point until then! But she had many more great moments, and I'm glad she looks back on Wimbledon '05 with fondness, she'll always be remembered for that match...

Interesting to note she was was inspired by Jen, didn't know that...

Btw, she looked fantastic! Really beaming, she's clearly very happy :)

LDF
Mar 14th, 2007, 10:58 PM
I just watched it, OMG :sobbing: It was really sad, did ESPN really need to use that music in the background :lol:

One thing that made me sad was watching the clips of her winning her Slams, I only started supporting her (and getting into tennis) at Wimbledon 2000, I never experienced those moments, I hadn't even seen the US Open championship point until then! But she had many more great moments, and I'm glad she looks back on Wimbledon '05 with fondness, she'll always be remembered for that match...

Interesting to note she was was inspired by Jen, didn't know that...

Btw, she looked fantastic! Really beaming, she's clearly very happy :)

I know, the combination of the music and the clips set me off immediately :sad: :lol:

I'd never seen the US Open match point either!

hurricanejeanne
Mar 14th, 2007, 11:34 PM
I just watched it, OMG :sobbing: It was really sad, did ESPN really need to use that music in the background :lol:

One thing that made me sad was watching the clips of her winning her Slams, I only started supporting her (and getting into tennis) at Wimbledon 2000, I never experienced those moments, I hadn't even seen the US Open championship point until then! But she had many more great moments, and I'm glad she looks back on Wimbledon '05 with fondness, she'll always be remembered for that match...

Interesting to note she was was inspired by Jen, didn't know that...

Btw, she looked fantastic! Really beaming, she's clearly very happy :)

I cried the whole way through it. :sad: Who ever decided on the mopey mood music did it just to make us cry. :p
I really got the waterworks goint to when they showed matchpoint at the US Open. I had never seen it either. I have seen the matchpoints from Wimbledon and the Australian but not that one.
The baby/little kid pictures were so adorable though. She always had those chubby cheeks. The Jennifer thing made it more special for me, Jen has always been my second favorite in tennis.

It's still just so hard to let her go totally. Hearing her voice and seeing her made miss her a million times more than before. :sobbing: :sobbing:

LindsayRulz
Mar 15th, 2007, 03:38 AM
OMG :eek:

My English is not very good but at 3:30 it looks like Lindsay says : My husband and I, you know.... just waiting for HER to come?

Does she say her or it?

Nikki
Mar 15th, 2007, 04:09 PM
OMG :eek:

My English is not very good but at 3:30 it looks like Lindsay says : My husband and I, you know.... just waiting for HER to come?

Does she say her or it?


To me it sounds like she says "waiting for it to come". I remember reading an article saying they want it to be a surprise so are not going to find out the sex of the baby. I know they could change their minds and keep it secret from the public.

Lindsayfan32
Mar 16th, 2007, 04:21 AM
I just downloaded ands watched the ESPN tribute to Lindsay. Firstly I'm glad there will be no comeback and secondly I'm glad Lindsay's happy and at peace with her retirement. This clip had everything I will remember Lindsay for and the reason I don't want her to comeback. For me the ESPN article that was written just after her pregnancy annoucement "that 2006 was so hard for Lindsay physically" sealed the deal for me back in December.

Hopefully once Lindsay had her family she will do something in tennis and Lindsay is happy in whatever she does she deserves to be happy.

MH0861
Mar 16th, 2007, 04:54 AM
I wish she got a website and wrote a blog or something so we could keep tabs on her. :lol:

John.
Mar 16th, 2007, 12:14 PM
I wish she got a website and wrote a blog or something so we could keep tabs on her. :lol:

:lol: That would be cool

hurricanejeanne
Mar 16th, 2007, 09:33 PM
I wish she got a website and wrote a blog or something so we could keep tabs on her. :lol:

:lol: I can see it now, Lindsay in between feedings, naps, and diaper changes doing a blog.

Lindsayfan32
Mar 16th, 2007, 11:58 PM
Here is a piece that was written by the webmistress Lynn who runs the off the baseline website about the Lindsay tribute and retirement. It appeared on tennis X

It’s Official: Lindsay is Retiring: If you didn’t catch it last night, and it seems to be nowhere in the press today (go figger), Lindsay Davenport announced her “100%” official retirement from tennis. The manner she employed to do it was pretty weird though — via a pre-made ESPN video. Granted it was one of those sappy piano music-filled tribute videos that ESPN is good at, but really, it felt like someone reading their own last will and testament from the great beyond. Hells bells, Mary Jo Fernandes even described her as being “at peace”! Whatever the case, it’s a relief that she had the good sense to at least make an announcement ((cough: Monica)), and to do it at Indian Wells is sweet. Check out the video here (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1gbh6_lindsay-davenport-officially-retire). And keep the Kleenex handy.

hurricanejeanne
Mar 17th, 2007, 12:09 AM
Here is a piece that was written by the webmistress Lynn who runs the off the baseline website about the Lindsay tribute and retirement. It appeared on tennis X

Itís Official: Lindsay is Retiring: If you didnít catch it last night, and it seems to be nowhere in the press today (go figger), Lindsay Davenport announced her ď100%Ē official retirement from tennis. The manner she employed to do it was pretty weird though ó via a pre-made ESPN video. Granted it was one of those sappy piano music-filled tribute videos that ESPN is good at, but really, it felt like someone reading their own last will and testament from the great beyond. Hells bells, Mary Jo Fernandes even described her as being ďat peaceĒ! Whatever the case, itís a relief that she had the good sense to at least make an announcement ((cough: Monica)), and to do it at Indian Wells is sweet. Check out the video here (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1gbh6_lindsay-davenport-officially-retire). And keep the Kleenex handy.

I translate "at peace" as being she's happy she's going to have a baby and that she was ready to make the official descision to retire. And it was only natural for her to make it official in Indian Wells too. ;)

I also think a lot of people (*cough, the thread in GM*) are reading to much into her statements.

Alas, on to the Hall of Fame! :D

jacs
Mar 18th, 2007, 05:23 AM
Yup. I saw that on YouTube.