©Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending November 8, 2009

©Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending November 8, 2009 

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“Whereabouts”  suspensions

Belgium
players Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse were each handed a one-year
ban for failing to adhere to doping regulations.  The Flemish Doping
Tribunal (VDT)  handed down the Wickmayer ruling after failing short of
the “whereabouts rule” which states that players must notify their
national doping agency of where they can be reached on a daily basis.
Malisse missed a drug test.

Wickmayer was competing in the Tournament of Champions in Bali but withdrew after the suspension.
A
tearful Xavier Malisse at a news conference in Antwerp thought the
suspension meant his career was finished. “It is very hard to come
back… in a year’s time I will be 30 and a half. I will then have to
play Challengers and Futures again. That is something I can’t really
see myself doing,” Malisse said. “It is hard to get a one-year
suspension if you never used doping.”

Methinks that Wickmayer and Malisse should consult Richard Gasquet’s legal team.

For your reading pleasure and education 2009 ITF Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, From the ITF: Decision in the case of Xavier Malisse and From the ITF: Decision in the case of Yanina Wickmayer.

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Which will come first, the ITF ruling on Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown or the apocalypse?

Again
this week it was announced that the ruling on Serena’s US Open incident
would be handed down in less than two weeks. The US Open ended almost
two months ago, you’d think there would have been a decision by now.
Speculation is that she’ll be levied with a heavy fine, but won’t be
suspended from a major tournament.

Serena had a very busy
week – book tour which took her to London and  back to the states to
attend the Miami Dolphins game.  She is one of the  many Dolphins
owners along with her sister Venus. Serena Williams and Caroline
Wozniacki are set to play an exhibition in Barbados at the end of the
month.

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“Open” set to open

Each and every day a new quote from the book appears, finally Andre Agassi’s Open hits the bookshelves Monday so no more broken embargoes. Agassi will be on the CBS program “60 Minutes
tonight at 7 PM Eastern time after the completion of the NFL game.
Agassi’s book tour hits New York City Wednesday and Thursday and GVTN
hopes to cover his appearances.

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Djokovic Calls a meeting


Nole
has called for “crucial” meetings to tackle the grueling ATP playing
schedule. Players are set to meet Paris Masters next this week. Let’s
see what happens.

30 – 40
Lil Wayne and Rafa

Guess Lil Wayne is a tennis fan. Mentions Rafael Nadal in his new single.

Deuce
Slamming Sammy

Samantha Stosur set
a serving record by launching a 129.25 mph serve in a losing effort to
Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in Bali. The previous best was set
by Venus Williams with a 129 mph serve.

Advantage
Odds and ends

Mary Joe Fernandez and Silvia Farina Honored with 2009 Fed Cup Award of Excellence

French Open could leave Roland Garros

Sam Querrey has signed on with K-Swiss.

In case you missed it, Year-End Remarks From Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Head Stacey Allaster

Tommy Haas is recovering from the HIN1 virus.

Andy Murray and adidas join forces

Deuce
Forget Paris

Seems that Ernests Gulbis
failed to show for his qualies match at the BNP Paribas Masters in
Paris/Bercy. The Latvian was in Moscow at the time his match was
supposed to be taking place.

Speaking of Paris, Andy Roddick has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Paris Masters with a knee injury.

Richard Gasquet has also opted out of Paris due to a November 10 hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Advantage
Spanish Champagne


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By capturing Valencia this week, Andy Murray wins his sixth title of the season.

Deuce
I thought the WTA Season was already over?


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Not
quite. At the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, Bali saw some
major drama. Shahar Peer almost did not get a visa, round robin action,
Yanina Wickmayer had to withdraw due to her suspension and to top it
off, Marion Bartoli had to retire after losing the first set 7-5 of the
final due to a left quad injury, crowning Aravane Rezai the champion.

Rezai:”It’s a great feeling to be here in the final. I’m very sorry for Marion that this happened. I’d prefer to win in a different way, but it’s tennis, a lot of different things happen.”

Dis-Advantage Hometown Boy

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Novak
Djokovic takes out the hometown boy in his house! Nole came through a
very competitive week knocking out Stan Wawrinka in three sets, saving
match points against Radek Stepanek in the semis and then taking it to
Roger Federer in the final 64 46 62.

Djokovic:
“It is definitely a big achievement to beat Roger in his home city and
country. He had a huge amount of pressure on him to win today. I hope
the crowd enjoyed it, I think we played a great match. I am really,
really satisfied with this week.”

Game, Set, Match and Shutout in Fed Cup


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Flava
Flavia Pennetta led Italy to a 4-0 stomping of the US. With Serena
Williams withdrawing, the US team really had no shot to topple the
Italian team. Italy captures its second Fed Cup. They also won it back
in 2006.

Results:
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alexa Glatch (USA) 63 61
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 76(2) 62

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 75 62
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Alexa Glatch (USA) not played
Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Liezel Huber/Vania King (USA) 46 63 [11-9]