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Today I have found out sad news. The tournament in my hometown has been moved to another city. Sure with everything tha has happened lately it is hard to consider this a sad happening. I am sad though . I heard of this tournament in 1997. I read about it in the news paper I wasn't a hard core tennis fan yet but I was getting there. On the front of the sports page was Kim Po who was the number three seed she had defeated Lindsay Lee to move into the quarter finals. I thought wow this person ahs competed at the French OPen it's cool she would come here. I was kind of dumb then about tournaments and that probably all the seeds had played in Grand Slams . That was all I saw of the tournament that year since I really didn't like tennis a whole lot. I later became a huge fan when I saw monica Seles play Martina Hingis in the final of the Family Circle cup later that year. In 1998 I knew we had a tournament and the williams sister ,Lindsay and amanda, and Brenda were to play I was sooo excited I called the tournament office almost every week just to ask who was playing because i couldn't believe the draw and that players I knew were coming. Lindsatywas to offer a clinic on the first Monday of the tournament I was soooo excited We left for Quail Creek country club and spent 1 hour searching for the place and couldn't find it right before we were to leave we decide to go down another street and there it was. It was the nicest place I had seen ever I walked in very nervous arrived at the tennis area and saw Linsay davenport who was then ranked 2 in the world She was sooo tall. I got in a group that was doing drills and just stood there because everyone else was so much better than me. i went back to the front Lindsay was done and sat at a table to sign autographs I was soooooooooo nervous Finally I asked '' Ummm can you sign this? Sure said Lindsay She looked at the picture and giggled I remember this she said and Looked at me I smiled she signed it and I said thanks and she said no problem and she smiled .I couldn't believe it I was sooooo happy the next day at school. That was the only pro payer i saw that year since ny dad was broke and didn't have money to take me to see the matches. 1999 it was sometime in January I called the tournament office a machine picked up adn said the usual and then it said we're happy to announce Venus Williams ,anna kournikova and Amanda Coetzer i screamed aand so I was looking forward to the tournament. The saturday before qualifying I went out to try out for a ballkid I was choosen but decide not to since i didn't want to miss school. Ahh but the first Monday of the tournament Anna was going t gi ve a clinic I arri ved and shortly thereafter she arrived and we were split up into groups I stared in the group that worked on volleys after 10 minutes the coach said go to anna's court I rushed overhtere some guy asked her to sign his shorts and she did near the crotxh while he was wearing them.ewwww but anyway It was my turn to d a forehand anna was right next to me I turned and we made eyecontacy gave me the elevator look and made an ugly face and kept on talking witht he tournament director I was so dissappointed but oh well I got her autograph and i must say I was surprised by her coldness towards the fans. Again since it was th eend of the month money was a bit low but als I got t go and see the quarter finals Venus played alexandra stevenson and anna kournikova played chanda rubin. I got venus and alexandras autograph while venus was signing mine she accidentall smudged it but she was swept away by guards before she could resign and she was going to. Venus went on to win that year. In 2000 it promised to be the best draw ever venus ,anna ,julie halard decugis,amanda coetzer,and alexandra stevenson were to play. venus and anna withdrew without a huge name left I found outo n the evening news that monica has replaced venus i screamed. I was a ballkid that year the first match I ever did was second roun qualifying Alina jidkova versus Daniela Hantuchova. i also did matches for Jolene Watanabe Traci Singian , vanessa webb who also hit me in the no no place with a serve. I had monday off from school so I headed to the arena Mashona washiington had just beat Janet Lee Tara snyder played tami Tanasugarn and tara was loosing badly she looked at me I assumed she was asking for a ball she wasn't I tossed her one and she smacked it back at me hard she lost the match.Francesca Lubiani played Jana Nejedly next and francesca won easily both were very nice.Sarah Pitkowski was seeded 8 she played Lubormira Bacheva i tossed saraha ball she rolled her eyes at me and threw it back .and asked for a different one. Shortly after that I had to leave. As I was walking out I saw tara and Vanessa webb who were playing doubles watching the match I liked tara so I went up to her and said sorry to bother you but can I have your autograph she said no problem and signed and said thanks to me and patted me on the back. I was happy. Thursday night was the first quarter final Monica was playing I was nervous and she won easily OI don't remeber much since it was a 6-0-6-0 triumph over pitkowski. I f I am able I will continue this tomorrow as a tribute to a great event
 

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I agree. It's tough to have your city near you lose the tournament you always go to. I went to the Chicago event for over 6 years in a row, then poof! It was gone....
 
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i love your story!!! i hope you tell more. i like how you mention jana nejedly. i love her so much! too bad shes getting married <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> . i wish i lived near a big city, i want to go to the bank of west (4 or 5 hours north) or estyle(4 or 5 hours south). probably only for the qualifying because im so cheap and frugal and they are usually free and i can enjoy seeing my favorite players in qualies as well. and then also you metnoinaed alina jidkova. you are very very very fortunate to have expereinced these things and seen these players in person i think. i would take a thousand million pictuers!!!!!!!!

but really, fantastic story. <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
 
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