Week ending May 8, 2011
Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew from Madrid prior to his match against Rafael Nadal with a hip injury. He is being evaluated.
Kim Clijsters is very unlikely to play Paris. She just resumed training last week.
Serena Williamsâ€˜Â alleged stalker was arrested outside of her home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL last week.
Ins and Outs
In â€“ Venus Williams playing Eastbourne
Out â€“ Li Naâ€™s husband as her coach, in- Danish Fed Cup captain Michael Mortensen
Out – Robin Soderling has dropped coach Claudio Pistolesi after only 5 months
Out – Forest Hills stadium has been denied landmark status
Out – Stephan Koubek has officially retired from the tour.
In – Andy Roddick to play Legg Mason tourney in Washington, DC
Out – the ATP World Tour event the South African Open has been canceled
Out – of the top ten in both the ATP and WTA rankings this coming week for the first time since 1975 – Americans
In – Caroline Wozniacki to play New Haven Open at Yale.
Oldies but Goodies to Play Champions Tour
Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Michael Chang will play in a revamped Champions Series to be played in 12 cities over five weeks this summer.
Tennis Panorama was in Madrid this past week. See our Madrid photo gallery here:
Nadal-Federer Part 24
Nadal defeated Federer 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the semis of the Madrid Open. With Federer at third in the world, he’ll be meeting Nadal more often before finals.
Tweener of the week
Rafael Nadal hits a between-the-legs winner against Novak Djokovic in the Madrid final.
Game, Set, Match and Champions
Special thanks this past week to those contributors in Madrid for their coverage – Ralf Reineke of TennisGrandstand, Lee San Pedro and Abigail Hinto.