Welcome back, Lindsay - TennisForum.com
TennisForum.com   Wagerline.com MensTennisForums.com TennisUniverse.com
TennisForum.com is the premier Women's Tennis forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.Please Register - It's Free!
Reply

Old Sep 13th, 2007, 06:30 AM   #1
country flag cheo23
Senior Member
 
cheo23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: IN,USA
Posts: 4,255
cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute cheo23 has a reputation beyond repute
Welcome back, Lindsay

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/...11&name=tennis

Welcome back, Lindsay
by: Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com
posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
filed under: Tennis

While drifting around the National Tennis Center over the final weekend of the U.S. Open, I paused by the fountains and Jumbotron to watch part of a classic flashback match: the 2000 final between Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams.

I was struck by the way Davenport looked downright pained, as if the game were drudgery, while Venus continually appeared focused and eager. Did anyone ever appear to be more put upon contending for a Grand Slam title than Lindsay? Has any player ever had such a reliable sliding scale of evident misery, swelling like a radio signal in direct proportion to the importance of the event and the intensity of the spotlight? Lindsay had an odd problem: She had a shy, self-conscious journeywoman's sensibility, trapped in a great Grand Slam champion's game and body.

That may not change now that Lindsay is back from a surprisingly brief maternity leave (a comeback nobody, least of all Lindsay, hinted at). Today, she won her singles debut in Indonesia, waxing Eleni Daniilidou two-and-two. But what is different is that although Lindsay still may not always look it, we know that she loves this game. And that's welcome news on a WTA Tour that has been churning out a fair number of malcontents who are at their most eloquent when they're trashing tennis and declaring their desire to cast off the burden of being a multi-millionaire international superstar. So how great is it that we have among us a former, multiple Grand Slam champ who has declared: "I quit tennis but I missed it so much I couldn't stay away a moment longer than I had to!"

Of course, Martina Hingis did something similar, when she left the tour for three years and returned, reinvigorated, in 2006. But that was a slightly different case. Hingis was injured and, I suspect, there also were legal actions and issues pertaining to her foot problems. She took a convenient break, although not a potentially life-altering one. It was different for Lindsay. She gave birth to a baby boy, Jagger, but decided she was cut out to be a working mom. This undoubtedly had to do with her working conditions: a "salary" of three or four mill, give or take an endorsement or two, and pleasant job working outdoors.
Lindsay Davenport is not the first major star to return to the tour after giving birth. Evonne Goolagong did the same thing, a few decades ago, and she ended up winning Wimbledon. Kim Clijsters, the dissident Belgian star, bitterly left the tour this year to wed and have kids. Maybe she'll rethink her convictions and take the road less traveled: the post-maternity comeback.

All of which makes me think that perhaps the WTA ought to encourage those who are interested in motherhood to take quick maternity leave, a la Lindsay. She's showing that not only can you come back, you can come back happy.
cheo23 is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 

Old Sep 13th, 2007, 11:28 AM   #2
country flag darice
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 803
darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of darice has much to be proud of
Re: Welcome back, Lindsay

nice article. thx. great having linds back on her terms. i hope like the writer said that kimmie will come back too.
darice is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 13th, 2007, 01:32 PM   #3
tennnisfannn
Senior Member
 
tennnisfannn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 8,968
tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute tennnisfannn has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Welcome back, Lindsay

Did he have to go back to 2000 just to say welcome back Lindsay and does Kim's career have any bearing on Lindsay's?/
__________________
Serena, 17 and counting!!!
The Golden Years Get More Golden!
tennnisfannn is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 13th, 2007, 04:31 PM   #4
Double Fault
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: UK
Posts: 1,731
Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all Double Fault is a name known to all
Re: Welcome back, Lindsay

I'm happy to see Lindsay back. Long may she stay.
Double Fault is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 13th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #5
country flag Cat123
Senior Member
 
Cat123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 4,935
Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of Cat123 has much to be proud of
Re: Welcome back, Lindsay

I'm glad she's back! But I hope he comeback is brought to a halt by JJ
__________________
maria sharapova - jelena jankovic
Cat123 is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Copyright (C) Verticalscope Inc
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBCredits v1.4 Copyright ©2007, PixelFX Studios