gigi has a website for her real estate business, checked it not long ago, you can select up to 50 properties to view per page - there are 2 properties on the whole site, not a runaway success then
as to tennis, i watched the doubles final at wimbledon on tv and was appalled, but more importantly bored, by the repetitive patern of play throughout. hardly a point varied from the blueprint of the server staying back and exchanging fairly unremarkable, flat drives with the returner crosscourt until an error or the player at the net got an easy interception.
my favourite tennis when i got into the sport in 92 was when gigi, natasha, jana, larissa, helena, martina, pam (u get the idea) where competing on court in whatever team variation. what dynamic, upredictable points they played and i'd be really curious to know their opinions on the game as its played now. personally, i don't think i'll watch a womens doubles match again
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/Sports/Headlines/sptTEN01092009.htmFormer tennis star gives back to Volusia
By MICHAEL LEWIS
SHORT AND SWEET
The sawdust was thrown in anger, directly at the umpire.
Nearly two decades ago, when Gigi Fernandez was one of the greatest female doubles players in tennis history, she had a "Serena Williams moment."
No, it wasn't after a foot fault, she recalled with a smile. It was a bad line call, and Fernandez decided to illustrate her displeasure by grabbing a handful of sawdust and throwing it at the man in the chair.
Call it Serena Lite.
"It was OK, though. I knew him and I knew he wouldn't be mad," Fernandez said Saturday. "It was just a little bit of my Latin temper coming out."
Fernandez laughed as she recalled the story. She hasn't had much raise her ire lately.
Last January she moved from Lake Mary to Ormond Beach. Then she had twins five months ago, a boy named Karson and a girl, Madison.
And last week Fernandez moved one step closer to tennis immortality: The 44-year-old was named as a finalist for induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame (she won't find out if she'll be inducted until December.)
In a fantastic career, the native of Puerto Rico won 17 Grand Slam doubles championships, including each of the four Slams at least once. She and Natasha Zvereva are second all-time in Slams won among women's duos (14 as a team), behind only Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver's 20 titles.
Saturday, Fernandez started giving back to her new community, holding two instructional clinics for adults and kids at the Florida Tennis Center.
With her easy smile and calm manner, it's easy to see Fernandez becoming a fixture around the Volusia County courts.
"I love it here," Fernandez said during a break between sessions. "So far I've lived in Miami, Orlando and Tampa. If I'm in Florida, I want to be near the water."
THE HALL CALL
Fernandez has been eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for six years, so she wasn't necessarily expecting the news to come this year.
"You try not to get your hopes up, but I definitely was thinking about it for a few weeks," Fernandez said. "What's so great is that (Zvereva) and I were nominated as a team."
Fernandez said she'd be the first Puerto Rican female player in the Hall of Fame.
She was a pretty good singles player in the early 1990s, but once she teamed with Zvereva her career really took off. The two had a remarkable run as a team, winning six consecutive Slams, starting with the 1992 French Open through the 1993 Wim-
bledon. After losing at the 1993 U.S. Open, Fernandez and Zvereva won three more titles in the next year.
At one stretch, they had won nine of 11 Grand Slam doubles trophies.
"It was one of those things that as soon as we got together we started winning," Fernandez said. "We just complemented each other's games so well. You hope to get a partner like that, but it doesn't always happen."
Fernandez is just back from this year's U.S. Open, and of course she had an opinion on Serena's tirade at a lineswoman during Williams' semifinal loss.
"The foot fault rule is the most ridiculous rule in tennis, and I think that was a terrible call on Serena," Fernandez said. "It doesn't give you any advantage at all. Serena reacted very strongly in the heat of the moment, and I understand why she did."
Hopefully, Fernandez won't have to deal with any outbursts with the new venture she and the Florida Tennis Center are trying. They're starting an after-school instructional program for kids, hoping to have classes three times a week beginning as soon as October.
Interested parents should call the Florida Tennis Center to arrange evaluations.
"My life is pretty good right now, and if we can help some kids get better, I think it'd be great," Fernandez said.
No word yet if sawdust-throwing will be part of Fernandez's tutoring.
5 minutes for Gigi
By MICHAEL LEWIS,
The Daytona Beach News Journal
July 10, 2010
That's all the time Gigi Fernandez has today to talk about her 14-year career, and the life that's led her to induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
Five minutes? That's barely enough time for an opening sentence for the Puerto Rican native, who now makes her home in Ormond Beach. Five minutes to thank the thousands who have helped her along the way, people like Luis Ayala, her childhood coach in San Juan, and Mary Joe Fernandez, her doubles partner and fellow gold-medal winner at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics?
And how about discussing her pro career, the 17 Grand Slam titles won and her incredible partnership with Natasha Zvereva, with whom she's entering the Hall?
"Actually," Fernandez said, "Natasha and I have five minutes combined. But she said I can have all of her time."
Today is a culmination of a tennis lifetime well lived for the 46-year-old Fernandez, and as she prepared for the moment this week, she admitted she's been stressing a bit.
"I've been losing sleep, and not just because of the twins," she said, referring to son Karson and daughter Madison, who are 15 months old. "I've got a lot of people, about 50, coming to Newport, and I'm worried how I'm going to be able to see all of them and spend time with them. The speech, that'll be the easy part."
Fernandez said the pride in being one of the few Hispanic women in the Tennis Hall of Fame was immense. She had no female tennis role models growing up.
"I grew up in a country where baseball, boxing, basketball were the big things," Fernandez said. "But I got lucky in having great people in my life, who always helped me."
Fernandez had more than luck going for her. Pam Shriver, a Hall of Famer herself who'll be presenting Fernandez and Zvereva today, raved about Fernandez's net play.
"Her volleys, and her ability to intercept balls were just tremendous," Shriver said. "She and Natasha complemented each other perfectly. It's rare to find someone like that who you mesh with so perfectly."
Added Mary Joe Fernandez: "She was a very dynamic player, who had a great sense of when to play each shot. She had such soft hands, too; just an incredible ability to control the ball from any part of the court.
OLYMPICS WERE THE HIGHLIGHT
In reflecting on her career, Fernandez ticked off a few high points that immediately sprang to mind: Getting to play tennis with then-President George H. Bush at Camp David ("we were partners, so of course we won," she laughed.); winning Wimbledon for the first time, in 1993; and more recently, getting a congratulatory letter from the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuno.
But her favorite moments were the Olympic wins with Mary Joe Fernandez, particularly the first one in Barcelona in '92.
"Grand Slams are nice, but only tennis people are usually aware of those," she said. "All of a sudden, you're playing for a country that you love, with the whole world watching the Olympics, and suddenly you win and people know who you are."
Keeping a low profile since she retired in 1997, Fernandez now runs a company called "Baby Goes Pro," developing interactive DVDs that try to introduce infants to athletics.
Today, though, she steps back into the spotlight to take the ultimate bow for any athlete.
"Being able to see my parents, and my brothers, all of them be there with me for this is an incredible feeling," she said. "You never really think something like this is going to happen."
Five minutes? Gigi Fernandez needs about five hours for this speech.