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Czech Mate!

Czech tennis players Radek Stepanek and Nicole Vaidisova have tied the knot in Prague.

They married Saturday in St. Vitus Cathedral, the country’s biggest and most famous church.

Czech public radio reported that guests included ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr and tennis player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who reached her first WTA final at the Prague Open on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Stepanek,ranked No. 29 and was once engaged to Martina Hingis, missed most of the season with health problems. Vaidisova, who is 21 and a former top 10 player, retired this year after struggling with form.


Nicole Vaidisova retires to wed Stepanek in July.

 Nicole Vaidisova has retired at the young age of 20 and is planning to marry long-time boyfriend Radek Stepanek in July.

The Czech was once one of the brightest new stars, and her indisputably good looks only added to her popularity, but in the recent years her results were more than disappointing, especially having in mind her wasted talent.

The fact that Vaidisova lost in the first round of an ITF tournament this year is making her retirement from the sport less of a shocking decision. Her last tennis match was loss to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in Memphis second round last month.

Vaidisova has just informed the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open in Miami that she’s rejecting a wildcard and pulled out of all her tournaments the rest of the season.

Vaidisova is ending her tennis career ranked 176th, with six WTA Tour titles under her belt – the last one came a long time ago, in Strasbourg in 2006. In addition, she can be proud of two semifinals Grand Slam showings, at the 2006 French Open and 2007 Australian Open. (source: Tennis Reporters)


Justin Gimelstob tennis’s ‘Sexist Pig’.


After a series of radio interviews, where Gimelstob berated Women’s tennis, Women tennis players, and Anna Kournikova in particular, the dust has settled. Unfortunately little or nothing was done to punish the loud-mouthed Gimelstob, and few of tennis’s authoritative organizations took any action at all. The USTA did withdraw any of their ads which featured Gimelstob citing his disrespectful and demeaning remarks regarding Women’s tennis as unprofessional. The ATP, the Association of Tennis Professional, of which he is a board member, merely accepted his apology without so much as a slap on the wrist. A spokesperson for the ATP stated, “Justin has done the right thing in taking full responsibility for his comments by apologizing publicly to Anna for what he described as his disparaging and disrespectful comments.” What a bunch of wimps!

In any other sport sexist remarks would have been cause for the banishment of the speaker, either for life or for a minimum of a year, his participation in public events would have been suspended, and his professional standing revoked. None of these things were done to Gimelstob. He is still playing for World Team Tennis, still on tour, and still reporting for the Tennis Channel. His doubles partner on the Washington Kastles Team is Serena Williams, who did not defend him but did not refuse to partner him either. She was quoted as saying, “I think his comments aren’t necessary, we’ve come farther than to be referred to as a b—h.” Serena doesn’t use bad language. “Anna is a great girl, what he said was uncalled for an unprofessional.” She should have ousted him from the team, and stood up for her fellow women player!

Gimelstob has always been a kind of loose cannon, a big male jock who has been on the periphery of the men’s tour. He’s the kind of moron who says such things as, “I’ll never mature until I’m at least eighty.” or “Women tennis players have no social skills, they never went to high school and they never went to parties.” His verbal attack against Anna Kournikova, who he claims he has not attraction to, came when he responded to a question about her early retirement from the game. He said she was a fake and a bitch, and even referred to her as ‘a douche’. He didn’t stop there but suggested that he get his stud-like 27 year old brother to ‘nail’ her just for the fun of it. He also threatened to hit her with a 128 mph service which he said he would aim directly at her bare midriff the next time she faced him in mixed doubles.

Anna acted with praiseworthy class by refusing to retaliate, she said, “I will take the high road in this matter.” Gimelstob had a few words for both Nicole Vaidisova, who he called, ‘a well-developed young lady’, and Alize Cornet, calling them both a pair of sexpots!

You have my permission to boo him if he shows up at the 2009 Australian Open, the game does not need ass—-s like Justin Gimelstob!

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Keeping score in Tennis? It’s Love All!


It must be difficult to find true love if you have to contend with being young, rich, famous, good-looking and overflowing with personality……but some of us manage to cope!

The wedding bells will be sounding soon for Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Radek Stepanek, and the rumour mill is in overdrive with some of the other WTA and ATP players. Maybe there is something in the air in Serbia besides tennis. Ana is in Argentine to watch her friend Fernando play for Spain, Jelena is relaxing on the beach in the Maldives, and Dominika is only a stone’s throw away on a tropical island. It’s true that money may not be able to buy happiness, but it certainly helps.jelena-bf1ana_ivanovic-61



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Look for these talented Ladies in 2009.

Alyona Bondarenkoalona_bondarenko_tennis31Nicole Vaidisovanicole_vaidisova1Karolina Spremkarolina_sprem1Their victory as doubles champions at the 2008 Australian Open went almost unnoticed. The Ukrainian sisters Alyona and Kateryna Bondarenko were only the second sister act to ever win the Aussie Open, the Williams sisters were the others. Both are playing singles, Alyona is ranked 19th. and is looking forward to the new season. She and her younger sister will defend their title in Australia, but Katya may have to qualify for participation in the singles event. This pair of beauties are from Ukraine, and are as different as any pair of sisters can be. Alyona is blond, outgoing, fashion conscious, and a party animal, whereas Katya is reserved, a sports jock, brunette and rather shy at times. Alyona complains that many times she goes alone to a party because her sister begs off at the last moment in favour of reading a book or something equally as trivial. They are coached and managed by their mother, who keeps them on a tight training routine. They practise and train together for 3 hours every day except Sundays. Both sisters are excellent volleyers, and Alyona at 24 is stronger than Katya. She is ready to break into the top ten, and a victory over a couple of higher seeded players would rocket her career forward. They are both very competitive by nature, and have a taste of what success can bring to their family. Watch for them in the doubles event, but also keep an eye on Alyona in the singles.
Nicole Vaidisova, a graduate of the Nick Bolliteri Academy in Florida, is a teenager with a great future.Everytime I watch her play I am reminded of Maria Sharapova, she does not grunt like Maria, nor does she have Maria’s powerful ground strokes yet, but when she is on court there is a resemblance. Nicole has won 6 WTA titles and is ranked #12. She is from the Czech Republic, was born in Germany, and lives in Bradenton Florida. She speaks fluent English with no trace of an accent, and both German and Czech. She is a spokesperson for Reebok, and is featured in several of their ads, along with Jelena Jankovic and Amelie Mauresmo. Not bad company for an 19 year old rising star. Nicole’s season ended last month in Moscow, and she will take a well earned break which will include a visit home for the holidays. She is looking forward to the 2009 season, and especially to the first Grand Slam event in Melbourne in January.
My third choice of players to watch will never make it to the top ten, may never win a WTA title or beat a high ranked player, but Croatian player Karolina Sprem deserves recognition for the devotion she shows, and her determination to try her best against tough opponents. She has won 7 times at the ITF level, but has yet to break into the big time on the WTA stage. She has been surrounded by controversy with her choice of coach, she had a dispute with an umpire at Wimbledon during a match against Venus, the umpire was subsequently fired, and yet she still has a positive attitude about her game. She has a new coach, a new sponsor and maybe a win is in her future.

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