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A recent picture of Serena shows her still wearing her ‘cast’.

The United States Fed Cup team has drawn Germany (away) for the World Group playoffs on April 16-17. The U.S. team will presumably include both Venus and Serena Williams for the first time since 2007, as the sisters must play, or at least show up for a tie this year, in order to maintain their eligibility for the 2012 Olympics, which is a stated goal for both of them. This picture was taken Feb 9/11 and shows Serena still wearing her foot cast. For her to be declared ready to start training by her doctors and then try to get into shape is asking too much. If she is ready for Wimbledon in June I will be surprised!

According to ITF rules, a player must make herself available for two separate ties prior to the Olympics in order to participate in the Games. The player doesn’t necessarily have to be part of the squad that competes, but at least must be on site for the team nominations and show some type of commitment if she is to ask the Olympic Committee to look at her case on merit.

In 2007, Russia’s Maria Sharapova was unable to play in the Fed Cup final, but was on site and then played a first-round tie the following February against Israel. She was consequently allowed to compete in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The U.S. team lost to Belgium in the first round last weekend and must defeat Germany to stay in the eight-team World Group. Germany, which features Top-35 players Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges, may select to play the tie on indoor clay


“I have stopped telling myself that I am getting old,” says Henin.

Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are considering joining forces to play doubles at the London 2012 Olympics. The Belgian pair have both come out of retirement over the last 18 months and, despite once having a frosty relationship, could team up for 2012. To qualify for the Olympics they must play Fed Cup, which is one of the reasons that Sharapova is playing Fed Cup for Russia in 2011, and to date Henin has not signed on to participate against the US in the first round.

Both players will be 30+ in 2012, Henin’s condition is highly suspect and Clijsters will most likely be pregnant, so the chances of them playing together are at best slim to none! It will be a sad day if the WTA tour has this pair and the aging decrepit Williams sisters as their finalists at the 2012 Olympics.

“We have to get together to discuss this, see what the possibilities are and assess how far we want to go in this,” said the 27-year-old Clijsters. Henin, 28, added: “There is a real willingness to be there [the Games].” The compatriots have only once played doubles together at the highest level, when Belgium lost to Russia in the 2006 Fed Cup quarter-finals.

“I have stopped telling myself the last weeks that I am getting old, I prefer to think that I am getting more mature”. Both women have targeted the 2012 Olympic Games event at Wimbledon as a priority and Clijsters, who gave birth to daughter Jada during her two-year spell in retirement, has suggested 2012 could be her final year of tour.

And with the new season only just over three weeks away, seven-time Grand Slam champion Henin admitted she has struggled to regain full fitness.

“I have had to limit myself enormously when it comes to serve,” she said. “My goal is to progress little by little, step by step. “I take minimum risks. Each time that I stepped up the rhythm there was a backlash of inflammation in my elbow, as a result I had to slow down the last few weeks so that my elbow can adapt itself to this. “So my preparation didn’t progress that far, but that didn’t prevent me from working on a lot of things. I am not at all panicked or stressed with that in mind, there is still a couple of weeks left.


Diplomatic Roger has the 2012 Olympics in his sights.

Roger Federer says that winning a gold medal in singles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London is one of his major remaining goals. “I’ve now carried the flag twice, in Beijing and Athens, and it’s always been a dream for me to play for my country and to win an Olympic gold,” Federer told Reuters. “I already have one [a doubles gold medal with Stan Wawrinka] but still, the special part of having it at Wimbledon will be amazing.”

Federer also said that he’s not ruling out playing in 2016 in Brazil, even though he’ll be 35 years old then. When asked what his most memorable Olympic memory was, meeting his wife Mirka during the 2000 Games or winning the doubles gold in Beijing, he responded with a laugh: “That’s why I’ve had very emotional Olympics. “I couldn’t choose but obviously Mirka is long-lasting, I’ve had 10 incredible years with her, I’ve two beautiful kids with her so I guess that’s my number one pick.”


Mixed Doubles to be an Olympic Event….

Mixed doubles is to be featured at the 2012 Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee approved its re-inclusion today.

Originally reluctant to enforce the move when the idea was first proposed in August, the IOC decided to bring mixed doubles back to the Olympic tennis schedule as part of their commitment to provide more opportunities for men and women to compete on the same field of play. That, coupled with assurances from the International Tennis Federation that a world-class field will compete in the event.

ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said “The ITF is very happy and grateful that the IOC Executive Board has decided to add mixed doubles to the programme for the Olympic Tennis Event for London 2012 and beyond.”

“We believe that this addition will make Olympic Tennis a truly unique event, with top players having the opportunity to compete for their countries and the honour of an Olympic Medal in three distinct disciplines: singles, doubles and mixed doubles.”

Sixteen pairs will battle it out in the mixed doubles in an elimination format, while all five Olympic tennis events will take place at Wimbledon’s All England Club.

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