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Старый 23rd June 2004, 22:41
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Tim Henman is focused on the title
Jun 22 2004
The Western Mail

TIM HENMAN is desperate to swap consistency for glory as he begins his campaign for a coveted Wimbledon title.

Henman has reached four semi-finals at the All England Club and has only once failed to reach at least the quarter-finals since 1995.

But the British No 1 would trade it all in to finally get his hands on the gold All England Lawn Tennis Club Challenge Cup on July 4.

"I've been in the second week for nine years in a row and only Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors have achieved that," said Henman ahead of his first-round clash with Spain's Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo.

"It's something that I am very proud of but I want to take an element of that consistency away and go all the way. I really am ready to give it a crack."

Henman lost in the quarter-finals to France's Sebastien Grosjean 12 months ago but has since been working with Paul Annacone, former coach to seven-time champion Pete Sampras, and has adopted a new attitude on court which helped him surprisingly reach the semi-finals of the French Open last month.

"I take a lot of positives from Wimbledon last year. I was disappointed with the way I played but was still in the quarter-finals," he added on the BBC.

"Linking up with Paul has really helped me to establish more clarity in my mind about the way I want to play.

"My expectations have not changed. They have always been to win every match I play and this tournament is the one I would like to win the most."

Henman has decided not to speak to the press apart from after his matches, but Annacone spoke to reporters after practice yesterday.

"He has had a good week of preparations and as long as we can keep the weather dry he seems great," said Annacone.

"He had a couple of great matches in Paris and some not so great, but he put himself in the position of getting into the last four.

"That is how you get better, by being in these types of matches."

Henman could hardly have hoped for an easier first round draw. He faces Ramirez-Hidalgo, who is ranked a respectable 89th in the world, but is a clay court specialist who played on grass for the first time yesterday.

"It's my first time here and it's so nice," said the 26-year-old from Alicante.

"The atmosphere is unbelievable. It's a special tournament.

"Grass is so difficult to play on. For me it's my first time and it is so fast. The bounce is very difficult for a Spanish guy."

While Henman harbours genuine hopes of winning the title despite his loss to Karol Beck in the Stella Artois Championship in his only competitive match on grass, it will be a surprise if Greg Rusedski survives more than a couple of rounds.

Rusedski has fallen to 165th in the world rankings - making him British No 3 behind Arvind Parmar, who crashed out of Wimbledon yesterday to Belgian Gilles Elseneer in straight sets 7-6 7-6 7-6 - as he struggles to get back to his best following the lengthy battle to clear his name after failing a drugs test in July last year.

The 30-year-old won two matches in a row on the ATP Tour for the first time in a year at last week's Nottingham Open, but faces a tough opening match against Italian veteran Davide Sanguinetti, a player he describes as "crafty".

"I'm feeling really good, my form is coming together well," said Rusedski, who lost in the second round to Andy Roddick last year after a four-letter outburst in the third set.

"I am feeling great about tomorrow's game and am really looking forward to starting the tournament."

When asked about the impact of the drugs scandal on his career and reputation, he was philosophical.

"I am just putting all that behind me and moving on," he said. "It sometimes just takes a little time to get your form back together - I am just excited about tennis."
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Старый 23rd June 2004, 22:41
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What's next for U.S. tennis? Sport looks to end declines
Knight Ridder Newspapers

Ten years ago, Sports Illustrated put a big fuzzy tennis ball on its cover and posed the question: ``Is Tennis Dying?''

A decade later, it remains a valid question, particularly in the United States. On the eve of Wimbledon, the granddaddy of all tournaments, tennis is fighting to remain more than a blip on the American sports radar screen. Gone are the days when tennis togs were trendy, tennis and racquetball clubs were springing up from coast to coast, and Jimmy Connors vs. John McEnroe matches created big buzz.

Television ratings are down, participation levels remain well below the sport's peak and icon Andre Agassi is in the twilight of his career.

Tennis' fractured leadership is uniting to address the problem. It has embarked on a $10 million campaign this summer in an attempt to make more Americans care about tennis again, launching 3,500 ''Tennis Welcome Centers'' at public parks and private tennis facilities around the country and creating the U.S. Open Series, a six-week, bonus-filled season of televised tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open in late August.

The question is, will that be enough to get America to tune in?

Roger Federer's Wimbledon championship win against Mark Philippoussis last July drew a 2.7 television rating on NBC, lowest in history and a 13 percent drop from the 2002 final between Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian. The women's final between Serena and Venus Williams drew a 4.0, which was 13 percent lower than the sisters drew for the 2002 final.

The waterlogged 2003 U.S. Open ended with the least-watched men's final since 1998 despite the fact that American Andy Roddick of Boca Raton, full of energy and personality, emphatically won his first Grand Slam title and offered an emotional post-match celebration. The Roddick-Juan Carlos Ferrero final drew a 3.5 on CBS, which was a 44 percent drop from the final a year earlier between legends Agassi and Pete Sampras.

While broadcast TV ratings are down overall for most sports, including ABC's Monday Night Football, the numbers for tennis also could reflect the number of players in the United States.

Tennis participation has fallen 42 percent during the past 12 years, from 17.3 million in 1992 to 9.6 million in 2003, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. Sales of tennis shoes were down more than 30 percent in that same period.

A survey released in 2003 by the U.S. Tennis Association indicates the numbers are higher, but still nowhere near where they were in the sport's heyday. It showed that in 2002, 24 million Americans had played tennis, up slightly from the 22 million who played in 1994 but far short of the 35 million who played in 1978. Florida_which hosts the NASDAQ-100 in Key Biscayne, considered by some to be the fifth Grand Slam event_remains a hotbed, behind only California and New York in participation, according to the USTA.

The numbers are different but one thing is clear: Fewer people are playing tennis now than in the '70s.

''We have big problems,'' said ESPN analyst and U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. ``Clearly, the tennis establishment is taking some minor steps with the U.S. Open Series, and that is a good, positive step, but it's a small step. We, and I mean everyone in tennis, needs to get together and figure out how we can pull this thing together.''

McEnroe suggests a commissioner would be a good place to start.

''We need one office overseeing every level of tennis from the Slams to world team tennis to recreational tennis, one office promoting the entire sport of tennis,'' he said.

Announcer Dick Enberg, who broadcast his first Wimbledon 25 years ago, said it is largely up to the players to seduce fans.

''I was talking about this very issue with the chaps from the BBC, and we compared tennis to golf,'' Enberg said. ``Almost all of my friends have migrated from tennis to golf. Golfers does a good job of reaching out and touching the galleries. We have to involve the players. They are the caretakers of the game and they have to make people care. They need to take more responsibility than just going to the bank and cashing their checks.

``I also like the idea of a commissioner instead of all these individual duchies looking out for their own interests.''

Other problems that seem to be hampering the sport's interest are lack of personalities and rivalries, an overabundance of tournaments, and space-age rackets that create hard-hitting but generic matches. It also is probably significant that the baby boomers, who headed the tennis craze in the late 1970s, are older now and more likely to play a less-strenuous sport such as golf.

''I think tennis is cyclical, and we have been blessed with many great American champions on the men's and women's side in the past, but it might take a while for the new generation of stars to take over,'' said former pro and Miami native Mary Joe Fernandez, now an ESPN analyst.

Agassi, who has watched contemporaries Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang retire, is 34 years old and a father of two. He has said he will quit playing when he is no longer a contender at the major. He lost his opening match in the past three tournaments, the first time that has happened since 1997, and is skipping Wimbledon, citing a hip injury. Whether he still has what it takes to win a Grand Slam title remains to be seen.

Roddick is the only male American player who has stepped up as a bona fide personality and Grand Slam contender. He is a favorite this week at Wimbledon, coming off a grass-court title at Queen's Club. Roddick made the semis at Wimbledon last summer, losing to eventual winner Federer, and says he is ready to take it up a notch.

''Winning the U.S. Open gave me the confidence of knowing I can win a Grand Slam,'' Roddick said Friday by phone from England. ``I think it's vital for the States to have players at the top because there are so many sports to choose from that it's tough for tennis to get a fair shake. We need Americans at the top to promote interest in our country.''

Roddick's buddies - James Blake, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri and Taylor Dent - have won big matches here and there, but have yet to break into the upper tier of the sport. The women's side has more American flavor, with the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport, but when the Williamses don't make a final, television viewership in America is minuscule.

And what will happen when those four stop playing? Capriati and Davenport are 28, and the Williams sisters have so many other interests they might decide to ditch tennis before age 25. At the moment, there are no young American women making waves. Ashley Harkleroad got the most publicity (partly because of her good looks) but she has dropped to No. 114.

Federer, Ferrero, Guillermo Coria and Nalbandian are all fine players, but none has captured American interest the way foreigners Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, Ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas and Boris Becker once did.

''This sport needs personalities, like my brother and Jimmy Connors,'' Patrick McEnroe said. ``Everyone keeps saying we need an American star. We really need two, who can play against each other. In order to get the American press and public interested, there have to be stories and personalities and rivalries.''

McEnroe also blames the U.S. media for some of the apathy. ``There is an attitude permeating American sports journalism that tennis isn't cool. It's become cool to bad-mouth tennis. I see guys writing that they'd rather watch poker than tennis. It irritates the heck out of me.''

Larry Scott, chief executive of the WTA, is optimistic that the U.S. Open Series will help.

''One of the greatest advantages of our great sport is its global nature, but it's also one of our tremendous challenges, communicating, how our circuit works, giving fans a chance to follow it on a year round basis is very, very difficult,'' he said. ``The promise of the U.S. Open series is that it will give us a way to package and promote our sport in the summer and lead up to the U.S. Open in a way that's much more clear and much more compelling than we've had a chance to do before.''

CBS president Sean McManus is guardedly optimistic: ``No, I don't see us going back to the days where we would get double-digit figures ratings for tennis. I think this [U.S. Open Series] is the first step in, I think, a very positive plan to increase the awareness of tennis in this country, to most importantly build stars, because the one thing we know in television, people will tune in to see stars.''

Is tennis dying? Maybe not quite yet. But it certainly could use an I.V.
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Старый 23rd June 2004, 22:47
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Bovina Pulls Out Of The Championships
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Elena Bovina, the 20th seed, has pulled out of The Championships. She suffered an abdominal strain in her straight sets victory against Romania’s Edina Gallovits. Bovina was due to meet Daniela Hantuchova in the next round, but Hantuchova will now have a walkover into the third round.

In other matches today, Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives and Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, both unseeded, also progressed to the second round. Both defeated their opponents with relative ease.

French colleagues Cyril Saulnier and Michael Llodra met in the first round with Saulnier winning in four sets after two tight tie-breaks.

Yen-Hsun Lu from Chinese Taipei strolled past Jan Vacek from the Czech Republic (who made it to the fourth round in 2002) despite a second set hiccup. Yen-Hsun Lu won in four sets.

The Swede Joachim Johansson saw off the challenge of Arnaud Clement in straight sets and made his way into the second round for the first time.

Karolina Sprem from Croatia too made it to the second round for the second successive year by beating Laura Granville in three sets. Elena Likhovtseva outplayed Gala Leon Garcia to win in straight sets.
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Старый 23rd June 2004, 22:47
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No need for Olympics: Safin
June 23, 2004

FORMER world No.1 Marat Safin said today that tennis does not need the Olympics.

After being knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon, the Russian said he would compete in the Athens Olympics in August - but with a heavy heart.

"Tennis doesn't need the Olympic Games," he said. "We have four grand slams. We have (the Masters Series). We have a lot of tournaments. We have a pretty tough schedule. And now we are going to have the Olympics.

"I have to (go). But it is not my goal in life to win the Olympic Games."

"Ask Marc Rosset," he said of the Swiss player who won an Olympic gold at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. "He will tell you the same. He won it.

"He is not really proud of it and just saying 'I won the Olympic Games. It's great. It feels unbelievable' and it's the best thing that will happen in his life."

"Of course you are more playing for your country than for yourself.

"But I'm not excited at all to go there."

The 24-year-old Safin, who said he had given up on Wimbledon after his shock first round defeat by compatriot Dmitry Tursunov today, added the players' main focus would always be the grand slams.

"And nothing will be bigger than that, not even the Masters at the end of the year.

"Of course it's huge. But you are most known for grand slams. That's how it was, how it is and how it will be.

"If you are going to play well in the Olympic Games, you might not play very well in the US Open.

"And after two tough (Masters Series events), you have to fly to the Olympic Games and then prepare yourself well there. It's a really tough schedule."

The Athens Games start on August 13. Tennis returned to the Olympics for the Seoul Games in 1988.
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Старый 23rd June 2004, 22:49
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Wimbledon-Ex-Soviet ace Metreveli scolds frustrated Safin
Tue 22 June, 2004 17:19

MOSCOW, June 22 (Reuters) - Former Soviet Wimbledon finalist Alex Metreveli criticised Marat Safin for his lacklustre effort in the grasscourt grand slam's first round on Tuesday.

Safin was coasting to an easy victory over compatriot Dmitry Tursunov before his form deserted him and he slumped to a 4-6 7-5 6-3 7-6 defeat.

"He (Safin) was playing like he was doing everyone a big favour by being here," said Metreveli, who is commentating from London for Russian television NTV.

Metreveli, who reached the 1973 Wimbledon final, said that 19th seed Safin should have relished his chance to play at the All England Club.

"He was acting as if he played here every day, it was just ordinary for him," said the former Soviet champion, who is still the country's leader in Davis Cup match wins.

Safin, 24, who returned this year from a wrist injury to reach the final of the Australian Open and the last 16 at Roland Garros, looked in fine form for most of the first two sets before his brittle temperament fractured.

The former world number one broke his racket in frustration in the third set, earning a warning from the chair umpire.

As his game collapsed towards the end of the fourth set, Safin simply gave up the fight, losing the tiebreak 7-1.

"It was totally unprofessional on his part," Metreveli said, summing up Safin's attitude on court two.
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Старый 23rd June 2004, 22:52
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Hindustan Times

INS AND OUTS: Lu Yen-hsun became the first Taiwanese man to win a match at a Grand Slam event when he beat Jan Vacek 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

Lu's compatriot, W0ang Yeu-tzuoo, started his debut in a Grand Slam later Tuesday against second-seeded Andy Roddick, but their match was postponed when rain stopped play in the first set. British women, meanwhile, were celebrating their best performance at Wimbledon in 15 years when four of the six wild card entries reached the second round.

Elena Baltacha and Jane O'Donoghue joined Anne Keothavong and Emily Webley-Smith in the next round. Virginia Wade was the last British woman to win a Wimbledon singles title, in 1977.

WIMBLEDON PREDICTION: Persistent lousy weather at Wimbledon is much more likely than a championship for Martina Navratilova or Goran Ivanisevic, according to British bookmaker William Hill. The odds of Navratilova winning the title were listed at 125-1 going into her second-round match scheduled for Wednesday. Ivanisevic was an 80-1 choice.

The odds of rain interrupting play every day the rest of the tournament were 16-1. Rain curtailed play each of the first two days.

On Monday, the 47-year-old Navratilova became the oldest woman since 1922 to win a match at Wimbledon. The 32-year-old Ivanisevic, who plans to retire after the tournament, also advanced.

WIMBLEDON PREDICTION II: The bad weather over southwest London is expected to get worse. Rain shortened play on both of the opening days at Wimbledon, with 14 matches suspended late Tuesday and 31 not starting.

On Monday, six matches were suspended in progress and 18 never started.

Britain's meteorological bureau is forecasting hail and thunder on Wednesday with strong winds.

Third-seeded Guillermo Coria's opening match is going into a third day. The match was postponed from Monday until Tuesday and Coria was leading South Africa's Wesley Moodie 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 5-3 when rain stopped their match.

FAMILY TROUBLE: Jelena Dokic says her father, Damir, is wrecking her career.

Dokic, 21, a former semifinalist at Wimbledon, was knocked out in the first round by Gisela Dulko of Argentina.

She said reports that her estranged father had asked for her to undergo psychiatric and drug testing had made it unlikely the pair would ever reconcile.

"I cannot get much lower than I am at the moment," Dokic said. "If he's trying to (mess) me up, I think that's pretty sad." The continual family trouble was bad for her game, Dokic said. Damir Dokic was his daughter's former coach and mentor. He moved the whole family from Australia to Serbia-Montenegro in 2001 after claiming organizers of the Australian Open had rigged the draw against his daughter.

He's been in trouble with tennis authorities for a spate of volatile outbursts and has been kicked out of Wimbledon and the US Open.
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Старый 24th June 2004, 01:14
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Safin hates it

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Safin never quite feels as frustrated at other majors, and that's saying a lot when it comes to a player known for losing his cool.

The 2000 U.S. Open champion self-destructed as only he can in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (1) exit against fellow Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who moved to the United States when he was 12 and is applying for U.S. citizenship.

Safin was two points from leading 2-0 in sets, but he fell apart with double-faults and halfhearted effort, watching shots fly past during the final points of his first opening-round defeat at a Slam since the 2000 Australian Open.

With former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in the stands, No. 19 Safin's displays of disgust included cursing at the chair umpire, muttering to himself, smashing rackets and spitting.

"I don't like to play on this surface. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's going to bounce. It's really a nightmare for me," Safin said. "After a while, I get bored. I lost completely motivation, and I give up."

Talking about his difficulties on grass, where balls tend to skid, Safin added, "I cannot adjust to this. You have to be really focused in your mind, but this is not my territory."


Safin couldn't disagree more. He's only once been a quarterfinalist, and otherwise is 2-4 at Wimbledon. He won the U.S. Open, reached two Australian Open finals, and made the French Open semifinals.

"I love tennis," he said. "I just don't like grass."
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Старый 24th June 2004, 01:14
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Это любителям околотеннисной прессы. Про Пусси и его "пусси"...

Tennis ace declares love for 'gorgeous fighter'
The Courier Mail
Ben English in London

DAZZLED as he was by her looks, it was the inner beauty of pop princess Delta Goodrem that won the heart of Mark Philippoussis.

The tennis ace has declared he fell in love with Goodrem once he got to know her and came to admire her courage, tenacity and selflessness.

Speaking for the first time about their celebrity love match, Philippoussis said he was proud to be the boyfriend of Australian showbiz's golden girl.

"She's definitely even more beautiful on the inside. That's what I fell in love with for sure," said Philippoussis in the lead up to his Wimbledon campaign.

Alluding to Goodrem's battle with cancer, Philippoussis said he was inspired by her fighting qualities.

"She's had a short, incredible career. She's had her ups and downs but she's a fighter," he said.

"She's very inspiring . . . just a gorgeous girl with an incredible heart and always giving, always giving. I'm just very proud to be with her."

Philippoussis, 27, who was last night playing his first round match at Wimbledon where he was runner-up last year, said he was still adjusting to the media interest in his every activity since he began dating Goodrem.

"Yeah, it's tough at times. There are photographers there the whole time," he said.

"When you've got two people in the spotlight together it does attract something a little more than it should.

"It's different, a bit weird and sometimes a little frustrating but at the same time you have to accept it's going to happen whether you like it or not."

But the Scud could also see the lighter side of being one half of Australia's answer to David and Victoria Beckham.

"People have branded us Beckham and Posh . . .

"Whatever – I don't know what they have branded us as long as they call me something other than 'poo'. Please, I don't particularly like that at all."

Goodrem, who has accompanied her man to London and plans to watch every game of his grasscourt campaign, said in a separate interview that the two tried to support each other's performances where possible.

"When I'm singing, it's so important to have Mark there," Goodrem said

". . . Just to know that there's that really good support and that you know there is someone to tell you the truth, whether it was a good performance or bad."

Goodrem, 19, admitted she found it tough to watch her man on centre court.

"I get very nervous and I just kind of want to sit there and let him focus and send him good energies," she said.

Philippoussis shrugged off his dismal recent form to talk up his chances of going one better than last year, when he lost in the final to Switzerland's Roger Federer.

"There's going to be some tough matches but I'm looking at it as another chance to try and win Wimbledon and that's my goal," Philippoussis said.
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Старый 24th June 2004, 01:14
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I can win title, says Philippoussis
By Paul Mulvey
June 23, 2004

HIS first win in six months was enough to convince Mark Philippoussis he can lift the Wimbledon trophy.

Arriving at the All England Club in the worst form of his life, Philippoussis charged into Thursday's second round match against Martin Verkerk with a commanding straight sets win over Belgian qualifier Christophe Rochus.

After the win broke a run of seven successive first round losses, the 11th seed repeated the vow he made following his loss in last year's final that he would one day win the most coveted title in tennis.

"Definitely, without a doubt," the Australian said when asked whether he still believed.

"Because I have what it takes to win. I know I can win it. Simple as that."

Could he do it this year?

"I hope, I hope," he said. "But there's a lot of tennis to go."

Philippoussis, 27, said the key to his turn around from the low point of losing to world No.866 Ian Flanagan at Queen's Club two weeks ago was keeping things simple.

"I was there mentally," he said.

"I'm focussed and I'm ready. I think it's the biggest thing.

"The thing about when I come here is I'm in a simple frame of mind.

"I know I'm on grass. I know I'm going to serve and volley. Get into the net when I can. It's very simple.

"On the court sometimes I can be a little confused about what my game plan is going to be. That's why consistently I have done well here in the past."

Simplicity will again be his maxim against Dutchman Verkerk who recorded only his third career win on grass when he beat Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the first round.

Philippoussis and Verkerk have split their two previous matches, both on hard court, but the Australian has a markedly better grass court record.

"He's not a natural serve volleyer but a big serve on the grass is always going to be dangerous," Philippoussis said.

"I'm going to do what I do, serve and volley and then put pressure on second serves. Chip and charge and we'll see if he can come up with the pass."

Now he has a breakthrough win – and one achieved stylishly 6-3 6-4 6-2 with 22 aces and some booming groundstrokes – Philippoussis was confident he had turned the corner.

"I'm definitely not the type of guy that needs to play a lot of matches to be playing good tennis," he said.

"My mind has to be there. I've got to be pumped and just relaxed on the court. Today, that's what I was."

The big Victorian was dismissive of those who wrote him off as he slumped from world No.9 to 19 during his six months without a win.

"That's just normal. And then in two weeks time, they'll be jumping on the bandwagon. So it really doesn't worry me," he said.

One person who has been on the wagon all year, girlfriend Delta Goodrem, has been accused of distracting Philippoussis from his tennis and contributing to his slump.

But she was there at Court Three today, sitting next to his father Nick.

"She's here to support me. That's nice, really nice," said Philippoussis who hinted at her contribution to his life this year when he said "I've been having a lot of fun, but not on the court."

Fellow Australian Wayne Arthurs has not been having much fun, as he emulates Philippoussis' slump with his fifth straight first round loss today.

In a typical Arthurs contest dominated by serve, he went down to German Florian Mayer in an all-tiebreak match 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).
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Большое попурри про теннис (довольно интересная статья):

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Старый 24th June 2004, 01:15
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Safin sick of grass

RUSSIAN 19th seed Marat Safin crashed out of Wimbledon in his tournament opener yesterday - and then vowed he would never return to the All England Club.

"I have been trying to prepare myself for Wimbledon, to give myself one more chance here, but I think this was the last one. I hate it," quipped a dejected Marat Safin after his first round loss at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 19th seed vowed to stay off the grass after losing to fellow Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 5-7 3-6 6-7.

On Court n°2, under the eyes of former Russia President Boris Yeltsin, the irascible Marat lost his game and his nerves on grass. Maybe for the last time.

"I don't like to play on this surface. I don't feel like I'm moving. I don't know how it's going to bounce. It's a nightmare for me. I hate it. So after a while, I get bored. I completely lose motivation, and I give up."

Safin, US Open winner in 2000 and twice Australian Open runner-up, has never felt comfortable at Wimbledon. In four participations, he has never gone further than the quarter-finals in 2001.

Will Marat Safin change his opinion? For the moment, one cannot imagine him battling blisters in his fingers to stay alive in this tournament like he did in the last French Open.

"I give up on Wimbledon. It's definitely not the tournament for me. I give up spending time on these courts. I give up practising before the tournament. I am not going to waste my time on that, knowing that I will not play well."

Safin said that if he returned, it would only be for the main draw.

"I hate the very low bounces and sometimes the bad bounces. I know it's like that for everybody but I can't adjust my game to this. You have to be really focused in your mind, and that's not my territory."

Flushing Meadows definitely is. And don't expect an early exit there.
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Lopez flies Spanish flag
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

This is the time of year that Spanish players have traditionally taken a back seat after a multi-pronged assault on the clay of Roland Garros.

Not since Manuel Santana's 1966 triumph has a Spanish man won Wimbledon, and the likes of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alex Corretja and Albert Costa have all struggled at SW19 - or not bothered to turn up at all.

But Feliciano Lopez, the highest-ranked left-hander in the world, is positively delighted to brush off the dirt and feel the grass under his feet.

He opened his Wimbledon campaign with a comfortable 6-4 6-2 7-5 win over British wildcard Richard Bloomfield, the 22-year-old combining his outstanding serve with some bludgeoning forehands and a neat touch around the net.

But unlike many of his compatriots competing at Wimbledon, Lopez is no claycourter bluffing his way on the grass.

"I grew up practising on clay in Barcelona and I also enjoy playing on hardcourts," he told BBC Sport.

"But if I had to choose my favourite surface, it would definitely be grass."

And while most Spanish players grow up slugging it out from behind the baseline dreaming of French Open glory, Lopez had other ideas.

"Wimbledon is the best tournament in the world," he said.

"It's the one I have always dreamed about winning."

Wimbledon is not only the title he craves most, it is the one he is most likely to collect.

In two visits to Wimbledon, he has twice reached the fourth round, losing on each occasion to Roger Federer.

A tricky draw for the 2004 Championships has left 18th seed Lopez with a potential third-round match against the dangerous Ivo Karlovic before another possible fourth-round encounter with world number one Federer.

Lopez gives a wry smile as he is reminded of his misfortune.

"Last year, we had a good match - I had a break in the first set and it was close all the way through," he said, recalling his 6-7 4-6 4-6 defeat.

"Of course I would prefer to be in the other side of the draw, but you have to ready to face anyone at Wimbledon.

"But I am trying not to think about Federer at the moment because I have a few tough matches to get through yet."

The 22-year-old's final warm-up match before coming to Wimbledon was against 2001 champion and fellow left-hander Goran Ivanisevic at the Boodle & Dunthorne exhibition event in Stoke Park.

Lopez was beaten in two tiebreaks, but is hoping that some of the Croat's grasscourt magic will have rubbed off on him.

"He is playing very well and it was an amazing experience to play against him," he said.

"I haven't seen him for a while because he's been injured but if he serves the way he did against me, I really believe he has a chance of winning Wimbledon again."

Lopez and Ivanisevic are both very much dark horses at this year's Wimbledon.

However, should the Spaniard put together a good run at the All England Club, it would at least give the Spanish media something to cheer after the demise of their football team at Euro 2004.
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The Russians finally are coming, says Myskina
Wed 23 Jun, 5:54 PM

LONDON (AFP) - No Russian has ever won at Wimbledon, man or woman, but that day may be dawning, says the latest star to rise out of the east.

Anastasia Myskina became the first Russian woman to win the French Open in Paris last month when she defeated compatriot Elena Dementieva in the final.

And though she does not tip herself to do the double at Wimbledon, things are changing, she says.

"Maybe I am a little bit lucky to be seeded two, because the Williams sisters missed a lot of tournaments with injuries, but it's also the result of a lot of hard work and I hope it changes how people think about the Russians," the 22-year-old said.

"Everybody says that they are coming and finally we can say that we are here and we can win as well."

Myskina easily won her opener on centre court Monday and she was due to play her second round match Wednesday before the rain forced it into Thursday.

She grew up in Moscow playing on hard-courts and had no experience of playing on grass until 2000 when she reached the third round at Wimbledon as an 18-year-old.

Since then she has progressively improved through the second round (2001), third round (2002) and fourth round (2003) which put her on course for a quarter-final appearance this year.

"I have never lost in the first round here so I feel confident," she said.

"After Roland Garros I took a week off and did some photo shots and press conferences back in Moscow, but for the past week I have been practicing really hard.

"To get into the quarter-finals or into the semi-finals would be great."
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Day 4 Preview
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Three days gone and the first round not yet completed. The weather has struck a mean blow at the 118th Championships, but there is no need to panic. That word is never uttered within the confines of the All England Club.

There is a serious backlog (79 more singles matches than the 81 actually finished should have been played by now). Yesterday was a serious test of the patience of loyal spectators and frustratred players.

Of the latter, no one could be more fed up than that Hero of the Pampas, Guillermo Coria. Poor old Guillermo is used to playing hour upon hour in pursuit of a clay court victory, but to spend four days over a grasscourt match must surely have rendered him speechless in any language you care to name. Coria, the third seed here and runner-up at the French Open earlier this month, embarked on his first round against South Africa's Wesley Moodie early on Monday evening, returned to Centre Court on Tuesday in an effort to round off a five-set win, only to be left frustratingly one game short. He spent Wednesday kicking his heels when he, and the rest of us, were subjected once again to the sort of conditions regarded as the norm by English cricketers.

Those who were safely past their opening matches before June suddenly turned into November must be grateful, and they are offered a chance to move on into the last 32 today, weather permitting. Among these lucky chaps is the defending men's champion, Roger Federer, who will be further pleased that next up on the baseline opposite him is someone not expected to cause him many problems. He is a 20-year-old from Colombia called Alejandro Falla, whose world ranking of 138 meant that he had to battle through the hell of qualifying week at Roehampton, only getting into that pre-Wimbledon occasion by courtesy of a wild card.

So Alejandro is the outsider of outsiders, someone not calculated to prove a problem for Federer, who told us the other day he worries about such things as whether his opponent will have a day to dream about, with his ultimate nightmare being defeat by an unknown. Bear up, Roger, remember you are world number one, proceed accordingly and all will surely go well.

There is, to be sure, a cloud or two a little further along the way, with Ivo Karlovic, the 6ft 10in Croatian whose service action could be classed as a threat to low-flying aircraft, repeating his heroics of last year. Having eliminated the 14th seed Paradorn Srichaphan on Wimbledon's opening day, Ivo now takes on Belgium's Gilles Elseneer and could fancy himself as a barrier to Federer's ambitions. There are also others prepared to take on the job, such as Lleyton Hewitt and Goran Ivanisevic, the champions of Wimbledon in 2002 and 2001 respectively, who also stand in the path of the current holder.

Having turned up to say goodbye to his devoted fans, Ivanisevic and his ailing shoulder turned the form book inside out by eliminating a seed, Mikhail Youzhny, in the first round and could well make further progress at the expense of Filippo Volandri, a 22-year-old Italian who ranks 52 in the world. If he can put behind him the disappointments of his country's football team's showing against England in Euro 2004 on Monday night, he could prove the hero Croatia was not expecting. He may not win the title, but he can yet inflict a few more blows.

Hewitt is paired today with Georgia's Irakli Labadze, who raised an eyebrow or three by getting to the semi-finals of Indian Wells in March before bowing out to a certain Tim Henman. Hewitt, out to show he can do in 2004 what he did in 2002, should take this match in his stride, but will need more than his usual confidence if it is Goran who challenges him in the third round.

Croatia has also given to the tennis world a delightful 19-year-old by the name of Karolina Sprem, whose self-assessment that she "smiles a lot" may be tested by the presence across the net of Venus Williams, third seed and twice a winner of Wimbledon. However, in the Berlin semi-finals in the spring, Karolina took a set off Venus before losing, so expect another bonny battle.

Martina Navratilova has the prospect of revenge in her second round match on Court 3, where she faces Argentina's Gisela Dulko, who knocked her out in the French Open. At 47, it is incredible not only that Martina is still playing Grand Slam singles but is talking up a storm about her chances.

There is a profusion of first round catch-up matches due for completion, weather permitting today. Most importantly, Andy Roddick, men's second seed, resumes with a 4-2 first set lead over Taiwan's 19-year-old Yeu-Tzuoo Wang. There also has to be sympathy for the fourth women's seed, Amelie Mauresmo, who has spent two days waiting to get on court against Jelena Kostanic. Better luck today, everyone.
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Safin says he's sorry
Associated Press
6/23/04 9:27 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Marat Safin wants everyone to know he's sorry.

A day after saying he gave up during a first-round loss at Wimbledon and was through trying to succeed at the tournament, Safin issued a statement through the ATP on Wednesday backing off those statements.

"I would like to apologize for my unfortunate remarks following my loss on Tuesday. I was very frustrated about my early exit and that despite my serious preparations and my early arrival to London, I was unable to perform the way I wanted,'' Safin said.

"I know I said things that deep inside I never meant, as I really appreciate the importance of this event.''

The 2000 U.S. Open champion was beaten by fellow Russian Dmitry Tursunov 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (1). Safin watched shots fly past during the final points of his first opening-round defeat at a major since the 2000 Australian Open.

Safin cursed at the chair umpire, muttered to himself, smashed rackets and spat.

"I don't like to play on this surface. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's going to bounce. It's really a nightmare for me,'' Safin said Tuesday. "After a while, I get bored. I lost completely motivation, and I give up.''

Talking about his difficulties on grass, Safin added, "I cannot adjust to this. You have to be really focused in your mind, but this is not my territory.''

On Wednesday, he changed his tune.

"I want to assure you all that I will be back in the coming years,'' his statement said. "I will show my fans that I keep trying and don't give up so quickly. Tennis is my life and passion, and my poor record on grass won't stop this. See you next year.''
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Top 50 on list for Tennis Masters Canada
Canadian Press

The top 50 players on the ATP Tour rankings, including world No. 1 Roger Federer and veteran Andre Agassi, are all on the entry list for the $2.5-million US Tennis Masters Canada later this summer.

The July 24.-Aug. 1 tournament will be the first event held at the new Rexall Centre at York University.

German Tommy Haas was the only player not ranked in the top 50 also on the entry list released Wednesday by Tennis Canada. To complete the 64-player field, eight spots are reserved for qualifiers, four are open for wild cards and one is for a special exemption.

They will be decided in July.

Other notable names include American Andy Roddick, Argentines Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian and Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Roddick beat Nalbandian 6-1, 6-3 in last year's final.

The Tennis Masters Canada and Rogers Cup alternate each year between Montreal and Toronto.
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24.06.04 "СЭ"

Заслуженный тренер России Виктор Янчук, приехавший в этом году на Уимблдон в 21-й раз, продолжает комментировать для "СЭ" наиболее интересные события, происходящие на самом знаменитом в мире теннисном турнире. Вчера большую часть нашего разговора мы посвятили матчу первого круга, в котором Марат Сафин уступил Дмитрию Турсунову.

- На встрече, которая проходила на втором корте Всеанглийского клуба лаун-тенниса и крокета, присутствовали Борис Ельцин с супругой и Шамиль Тарпищев, - сообщил Янчук. - Образно выражаясь, для Сафина тучи сгустились на чистом небе. Первый сет Марат выиграл абсолютно спокойно. Он легко брал свои подачи, в то время как на подачах Турсунова завязывалась борьба. Во втором сете картина оставалась такой же до счета 5:4 на подаче Сафина. Тут все внезапно поменялось. Гейм для Марата не сложился, счет сравнялся - 5:5, а затем он проиграл еще два гейма.

После этого хорошее настроение Сафина куда-то улетучилось. Марат впал в странное недовольно-беспокойное состояние и начал бросать ракетки. Казалось бы, вполне можно и нужно играть, ведь мощь-то у Сафина осталась. Но настроения уже не было, концентрация внимания исчезла - и пошли ошибки. Третий сет он уступил вчистую, потом вроде бы пришел в себя, но тай-брейк в четвертой партии провел крайне неудачно, взяв всего лишь одно очко.

Интересно, что, хотя Сафин подавал сильнее, эйсов у него было меньше - 8 против 18 у Турсунова. Кроме того, ударами справа на приеме Дмитрий выиграл 65 процентов очков, а Марат - всего 45. Это ощутимая разница.

- Какое впечатление на вас произвел Турсунов?

- Он молодец. Этого парня в серьезном матче я видел впервые и скажу, что это непростой орешек. Дмитрий достаточно хорошо оснащен технически. Ощущается влияние российской школы, что, впрочем, неудивительно, ведь в США, где он сейчас живет, Турсунов уехал уже подростком, как и Марат в Испанию. В росте (185 см) он уступает Сафину, однако компенсирует это быстротой, неутомимостью и цепкостью. Не сомневаюсь, что из него получится хороший игрок.

- Что говорил Сафин на пресс-конференции?

- В сердцах сказал, что жутко не любит траву. В принципе Марат демонстрировал попытки активной игры, но на траве он почти не ощущает опору и из-за этого плохо передвигается по корту. Поэтому и критикует покрытие. На провокационные вопросы по поводу собственной мотивации Сафин сказал, что теперь будет готовиться к серии турниров в Америке - на харде, мол, у него лучше получается.

Надеюсь, что Марат в нынешнем сезоне еще скажет свое веское слово. Это один из самых сильных и талантливых теннисистов в мире. Кстати, об этом же говорили по ВВС комментирующие Уимблдон экс-первые ракетки мира Борис Беккер и Трэйси Остин. Они выдали Марату кучу комплиментов, хотя и признались, что не понимают Сафина. Немец и американка имели в виду его отношение к траве и недостаточную мотивацию добиться на ней хорошего результата.

- Вы согласны с тем, что подача Сафина больше подходит для грунта и харда, чем для травы?

- Я бы поставил вопрос иначе. Думаю, что Марату просто стоит работать над вариативностью подачи. Например, у одного из моих подопечных, Андрея Ольховского, ее скорость была не более 210 км/ч. Однако эффект достигался хороший - порядка 15-20 эйсов за матч он выполнял. Почему? Потому что подавал по-разному - то более плоско, то подрезая, то направляя мяч по центру, то в угол.

Марат в этом смысле более прямолинеен. Когда он со всей силы попадает в угол, то, конечно, соперник не в силах отразить мяч. Однако тот же Турсунов, уступая ему в силе подачи, на порядок выигрывает в разнообразии.

- Известно, что Сафин сейчас тренируется со шведом Петером Лундгреном, бывшим тренером Марсело Риоса и Роджера Федерера...

- Да, Лундгрен присутствовал на матче.

- В игре Марата появилось что-то новое?

- Лично я каких-либо изменений не увидел, хотя, возможно, их просто не было заметно в ходе травяных скоротечных розыгрышей. В 2000 году, когда Сафин во время Уимблдона работал с Тони Пиккардом, бывшим тренером Стефана Эдберга, он бегал к сетке и после второй подачи, но та тактика была авантюрной, поскольку при острых обводящих ударах несколько неповоротливый на траве Марат оказывался беспомощным. Сейчас же Сафин действовал более грамотно, выходя вперед только после первой подачи.

Впрочем, постоянно такую тактику ему исповедовать трудно. Поэтому для реализации своего потенциала на траве Сафину в первую очередь необходимо совершенствовать подачу.

- Свои мозоли Марат залечил?

- Да, даже демонстрировал свои ладони на пресс-конференции.

- На харде, по вашему мнению, он будет показывать более хорошие результаты?

- Не сомневаюсь. Думаю, что если бы Сафин был мотивирован на результат и играл до конца, он и здесь вполне мог бы побороться. Шансы-то были.

- Вторник был отмечен поражениями двух россиянок, которые входили в число фаворитов турнира - Елены Дементьевой (6) и Светланы Кузнецовой (8). Чем вы объясните неудачу финалистки Roland Garros-2004?

- Оппонентка Дементьевой, чешка Сандра Клейнова, знала, с кем ей предстоит играть, хорошо подготовилась к матчу и отлично настроилась на него. Дементьева же в решающие моменты боролась не столько с соперницей, сколько со своей второй подачей. Об этом говорят ее 11 двойных ошибок.

Неуверенность в выполнении подачи отразилась и на других ударах Елены. Клейнова же действовала без заметных срывов, практически весь матч стараясь посылать мяч Дементьевой под лево. Бэкхэнд у Елены неплохой, но ударами справа она забивает мяч сразу, а слева в ходе перестрелки может и ошибиться. Россиянку трудно в чем-то упрекнуть, она старалась победить, проявляла свой бойцовский характер. Но что-то не сложилось. Возможно, сильное желание хорошо выступить на Уимблдоне отразилось на игре Дементьевой не в лучшую сторону.

- А что скажете о Кузнецовой, которая в субботу выиграла престижный турнир в Истборне, а в первом же круге Уимблдона уступила 118-й ракетке мира француженке Виржини Раззано, пробившейся в основную сетку через квалификацию?

- Уверен, что и у Кузнецовой были хорошие амбиции. Светлана играла с блеском в глазах и в нескольких эпизодах с досады даже бросала ракетку, что для нее не характерно. Скорее всего, в данном случае на действиях россиянки сказался налет психологической усталости.

При этом 21-летняя Раззано меня, честно говоря, удивила. Совсем не атлетичного сложения, в очках, она как будто прибежала на Уимблдон прямиком из библиотеки. Однако по ходу розыгрышей выжимала все, что могла, в то время как у Кузнецовой мячи летали вокруг и около корта.

- Наверное, наша теннисистка сильно расстроилась?

- Конечно. Ведь после успеха, которого она добилась в Истборне, проигрывать особенно обидно.

- Считаете ли вы, что Кузнецовой, занимающей сейчас в рейтинге WTA Tour 9-е место, по силам быть в первой десятке по итогам сезона?

- Конечно, по силам!
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Сафин проиграл сам себе
24.06.04 "Совесткий спорт" Мнение специалиста - Шамиль Тарпищев

Самое большое разочарование первого раунда — поражения Светланы Кузнецовой и Марата Сафина. Причина проигрыша Светланы банальна: она не успела восстановиться после турнира в Истбурне. Кузнецова играла в один день два финала — в одиночном и парном разрядах. И это за сутки до начала Уимблдона! Такая непростительная трата сил — серьезная методическая ошибка, о чем я говорил теннисистке сразу после ее победы в Истбурне.

Причем ситуация классическая. Практически каждый год те, кто максимально выкладываeтся на неделе, предшествующей Уимблдону, вылетают в начальных раундах.

Жаль, конечно, но это не трагедия. Думаю, Света получила необходимый жизненный опыт. В следующем году она способна выступить здесь очень сильно. То же самое утверждает, кстати, Мартина Навратилова, прошлогодняя партнерша Кузнецовой по парной комбинации.

Сафин, как обычно, проиграл сам себе. Самое обидное заключается в том, что он показывал теннис очень высокого уровня, особенно в начале встречи. То есть технически Марат был способен завершить матч в свою пользу в трех сетах. Но ему не хватило строгости в игре. Когда Сафина залихорадило, стиснуть бы ему зубы да попытаться вспомнить о своих навыках, о своей силе. Но он уже решил для себя: я не люблю травяные корты, у меня ничего не получится. Ничего и не получилось. А это уже проблема психологическая. Если Сафину внушить обратное, не сомневаюсь, Марат будет побеждать и в Англии.

Проигрыш Лены Дементьевой огорчил, но не удивил. К сожалению, у нее нет того атакующего потенциала, который позволяет уверенно играть на траве. В первую очередь это касается подачи. Лена, безусловно, усилила этот элемент технически. Но стабильности как не было, так и нет. А без хорошей подачи на траве игрок беззащитен.

Похожая проблема есть и у Насти Мыскиной. Ее подачу трудно назвать мощной. Однако Настя компенсирует это нацеленностью подачи. И, что самое важное, стабильностью в игре и умными, нестандартными идеями. За счет этого способна пройти на Уимблдоне далеко.

Думаю, что наилучшие шансы на успех сейчас у Марии Шараповой. У нее и сетка удобная, и подготовку к турниру Маша спланировала очень грамотно. Выиграв турнир в Бирмингеме, на следующей неделе она успела и отдохнуть, и хорошо потренироваться перед Уимблдоном. Кроме того, Шарапова, судя по всему, находится в превосходной форме. И главное, чувствует себя очень уверенно и ведет себя на корте по-хорошему нахально.

И еще: пусть обойдут наших игроков стороной травмы! Из-за больной спины сначала выбыл из турнира Миша Южный. Теперь не повезло Лене Бовиной. Свой первый матч она выиграла с подавляющим преимуществом над румынкой Галловиц. Но, к сожалению, потянула брюшные мышцы, из-за чего Лене пришлось отказаться от дальнейшего выступления на турнире. Наверное, стоило слегка поберечься. Хотя мой совет, конечно же, запоздал.
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Дмитрий Турсунов: На досуге подрабатываю у друга в ресторане
24.06.04 "Совесткий Спорт"

Вчера программа турнира оказалась сорвана из-за непрекращающихся дождей. Новых героев среда в Уимблдоне не открыла. А одним из главных действующих лиц предыдущего дня стал Дмитрий Турсунов.

Дмитрий Турсунов обратил на себя внимание в прошлом году, когда вошел в первую сотню рейтинга, а на Открытом чемпионате США обыграл в захватывающем пятисетовом матче бывшую первую ракетку мира бразильца Густаво Куэртена. Уимблдон в этом году ему тоже улыбнулся – победой над Маратом Сафиным.

— Статистика утверждает, что это ваш первый Уимблдон?

— Это мое первое появление в основной сетке. Статистика не учитывает квалификационного турнира, в котором я играл уже два раза. В прошлом году, кстати, тоже мог бы неплохо выступить, но проиграл в первом раунде Иво Карловичу, который потом, дойдя до основной сетки, отправил домой чемпиона Ллейтона Хьюитта.

— Это тот молодой хорват с убийственной подачей?

— Точно. В первом сете было очень весело: на подаче Карловича я взял лишь три очка, причем одно из них было его двойной ошибкой. Траектория полета его мячей совершенно иная, подает хорват, как гвозди забивает.

— Иванишевич уже ему не конкурент?

— Преимущество Горана в том, что он левша. Если бы Карлович родился левшой, я бы против него вообще на корт не выходил, предлагал бы перед матчем «крутить» ракетку, то есть кинуть жребий.

— Где вы начали подготовку к Уимблдону?

— В Куинсе (травяной турнир АТП, проходивший на прошлой неделе. – Прим. ред.). Приехал за сутки до начала турнира. День потренировался, потом проиграл первый матч. Конечно, мне больше нравится хард, на котором провожу большую часть времени. Но мне кажется, моя игра подходит для любого покрытия. В этом году, например, удалось лучше сыграть на грунте, в Хьюстоне дошел до четвертьфинала.

— Многие нынешние игроки для своих теннисных университетов выбирают именно грунт.

— Мы с моим новым тренером Хосе Игейрасом думаем к концу года поехать тренироваться в Испанию на грунт. Это то покрытие, которое учит теннисиста выбирать в розыгрыше правильные удары. Не зря грунтовый теннис так часто сравнивают с шахматами, с их многоходовыми хитроумными комбинациями. На траве все по-другому: если вы сделали достаточно хорошо два первых удара, скорее всего, выиграете очко.

— Я слышала, что вы родом из «Спартака».

— Мне кажется, что большинство игроков, которые вышли из России, тренировались в «Спартаке» в то или другое время. Я там провел около двух лет, а вообще побывал практически во всех московских клубах.

— Искали «своего» тренера?

— Мой папа считал, что если я возьму лучшее от каждого тренера, то стану совершенным теннисным игроком. Не знаю, было ли это правильно, но пока не жалуюсь.

— Папа играть умеет?

— Техника, конечно, у него не идеальна, но по мячику попасть может. В теннисе он разбирается, так как очень любит эту игру, меня в детстве заставлял читать книгу «Четыре теннисных туза» про «Большой шлем». Готовил к будущему. Думая о том времени, я вспоминаю: он крутился как белка в колесе, чтобы у меня была возможность тренироваться.

— Успех в теннисе невозможен без поддержки родителей…

— Все так, но подход некоторых родителей, думаю, не самый правильный. Когда тренировался на «Дружбе», видел, как один отец пинал ногами свою восьмилетнюю дочку за то, что она не попадала по мячу. Но в то же время Россия не Америка, нам пробиться в теннисе намного тяжелее.

— Эта девочка стала потом профессионалом?

— Не хочу называть фамилию, но она продолжает играть в теннис. Стоит в третьей сотне.

— Отец привез вас в США к тренеру Виталию Горину в 12 лет и через месяц уехал. Трудно было в Америке без родителей?

— Я не плакался, наоборот, все время боялся, как бы меня не отправили назад, это подталкивало меня хорошо тренироваться и показывать результаты. Мне нравилось в Калифорнии: нет снега и можно круглый год тренироваться на улице, причем бесплатно. Тренер брал корзину мячей, и мы шли на любой общественный корт.

— Вам не приходилось подрабатывать, чтобы себя содержать?

— Нет, финансовые проблемы решал отец. Но трудовые навыки у меня имеются. У одного из моих друзей есть ресторан, и по воскресеньям, когда есть время, я иногда ему помогаю.

— Можно сказать, что вы уже финансово «встали на ноги»?

— Не уверен. Мне надо оплачивать тренера, поездки на турниры. Может быть, 2004-й станет первым годом, когда я окажусь «в плюсе».
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Марат Сафин больше никогда не приедет на Уимблдон
24.06.04 "Совесткий Спорт"

После поражения в первом круге Уимблдона от соотечественника Дмитрия Турсунова Марат Сафин заявил, что больше никогда не будет участвовать в этом турнире.

«Я больше не приеду на этот турнир. Уимблдон определенно не для меня. Я его ненавижу и честно признаю это. Я говорю серьезно. Я приехал в Лондон неделю назад, усиленно тренировался и тратил время на кортах. Я старался, но все оказалось зря. Мне не нравится этот турнир, потому что я чувствую себя здесь дискомфортно. Здешние отскоки – просто кошмар! Я никогда не знаю, куда отрикошетит мяч. Я устал от этого и потерял всякую мотивацию», - сказал Сафин в интервью изданию «Ивнинг Стандарт».
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