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bluepastures
Oct 7th, 2003, 10:42 PM
Sorry if this has already been posted, but I can't see a thread on it!

From Tennis Canada:

"Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Fed Cup star Jana Nejedly hangs up racquet

Canadian announces retirement from tennis circuit

TORONTO (TC) – Jana Nejedly of Boston, MA has retired from the professional tour, Tennis Canada announced today. The 29-year-old hangs up her racquet after spending twelve years on the pro tour.

“I've been thinking about retirement seriously since the start of the year,” said Nejedly, who was born in Prague, but grew up in Vancouver. “I'm 29 now and twelve years on the tour takes its toll. The competition and depth is so strong now and I just wasn't willing to put in the work necessary to compete at the level I thought I was capable of. The schedule is gruelling and I started feeling it mentally and physically. I just knew it was time.”

Nejedly enjoyed a very successful career during which she reached the third round of two Grand Slam events – the 1999 Australian Open and the 2001 US Open – and has posted wins over Sandrine Testud, Chanda Rubin and Barbara Schett. She reached a career high ranking of 64th on the WTA Tour in October of 2000 and was recognized as Canada’s Female Player of the Year in 2001.

Nejedly also set an impressive Canadian record for most singles wins in Fed Cup action with 19. A member of the Canadian Fed Cup team since 1994, Nejedly also represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games. She claims there is no bigger honour than playing for her country and names her time with the National team as the highlight of her career.

“Jana has been a tremendous role model for many youngsters and loved to play for her country,” said Hatem McDadi, Tennis Canada’s Director of Player Development. “Jana will always be remembered for her clutch play and kind personality - a true professional on and off the court. We will miss her calm presence and leadership, but are happy to have her involved with the future of Canadian tennis. ”

Nejedly has already started coaching at a tennis club in Boston and will join Tennis Canada’s junior team as a touring coach in Florida at the end of the year. She plans on getting into high performance coaching where she can apply her experience to help other aspiring tennis players realize their dreams.

Currently third in the country at No.174 on the WTA Tour rankings, Nejedly closes out her career after a successful season during which she picked up three ITF Circuit titles to bring her career total to eight. She was also a semifinalist at one other ITF event this year.

“I'll miss competing, but in the end I just wasn't enjoying all the things that went along with it,” said Nejedly. “I've been fortunate to have played tennis for a living and I have no regrets. I've seen the world and met some wonderful people and I have tennis to thank for that. I would do it all again.”

FLL
Oct 7th, 2003, 10:47 PM
Jana :sad: Best of luck!

selesfan1
Oct 7th, 2003, 11:16 PM
I kind of saw this coming this year. She NEVER was as good as she could have been. ( I don't say this to put her down but to emphasize her talent) but I hope she is successful and happy in her other pursuits.

Randy H
Oct 7th, 2003, 11:20 PM
What a shame for Tennis in Canada to lose 3 of its well-established top Canadian girls all this season. Not surprised by this decision on Jana's part, as it was clear she had to have been weighing this decision as she had played so few tournaments after all the ITF success she started out with this year.

Jana didn't quite reach the heights of Sonya or Maureen as far as reaching the top 50 level, but her consistency to stay in the top 100 for several years consecutively and overall is just as admirable.

Hope Jana is enjoying life in Boston and can use her experience for the help of developing future Canadian Top 100 (or better) players like herself.

All the best Jana! :sad: :)

Crazy Canuck
Oct 7th, 2003, 11:22 PM
What a shame for Tennis in Canada to lose 3 of its well-established top Canadian girls all this season.

Forgive my ignorance here, but who else retired? :confused:

Ryan
Oct 7th, 2003, 11:25 PM
Forgive my ignorance here, but who else retired? :confused:



Um, I believe Randy means Vanessa Webb, Renata Kolbovic and Jana. At least, they all retired this year, so I'm assuming whats what he means.

Jana. :sad: Canada needs some new young players to start making an impact. :D

Randy H
Oct 7th, 2003, 11:25 PM
Renata Kolbovic, and Vanessa Webb :sad:

¤CharlDa¤
Oct 8th, 2003, 12:28 AM
Jana :sad:

Ill always remeber your matches here in Quebec city especially the one vs JCap where you had her on the ropes :D

Crazy Canuck
Oct 8th, 2003, 01:28 AM
Um, I believe Randy means Vanessa Webb, Renata Kolbovic and Jana. At least, they all retired this year, so I'm assuming whats what he means.

Jana. :sad: Canada needs some new young players to start making an impact. :D
It would be nice if we had a more promising young female player to go along with Dancevic :p

alexusjonesfan
Oct 8th, 2003, 01:34 AM
It would be nice if we had a more promising young female player to go along with Dancevic :p

Hopefully named Francesca :D

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 8th, 2003, 03:10 AM
Jana :(
but it was coming

bello
Oct 8th, 2003, 03:27 AM
Best of luck Jana!!! :)

rated_next
Oct 8th, 2003, 03:34 AM
Jana :sad: - but I knew it the second she lost so easily to Liggan at the US Open

Vanessa is the one that I'm really sad about - she had such a nice game to watch :sobbing:

~CANUCK~
Oct 8th, 2003, 03:50 AM
we will miss you jana :sad:
best of luck

xcrtbckhnd
Oct 8th, 2003, 06:01 AM
lI'm late reading this, but anyways....

Bye Jana and best wishes!!!!!!!!!

rhz
Oct 8th, 2003, 08:28 AM
whatever happen to her sister Martina?

Randy H
Oct 8th, 2003, 08:44 AM
Martina lives in California now, I know she still plays tournaments in the area and is ranked around #5 right now in the USTA's Northern California Adult Section :)

sylvain
Oct 8th, 2003, 08:48 AM
Thank you for information bluepastures.

Bad news :sad:

Randy H
Oct 8th, 2003, 08:48 AM
BTW rhz, I found rankings as of mid-September, and Romana Tedjakusuma is also ranked the same section at #4 :)

A few other 'notables' are Hana Sromova, Brie Rippner, Kim Grant, Surina De Beer, and a few other girls who are have played a few challengers, or are current/former NCAA players. :)