In what is fast becoming a trend, Carlos Moya is set to discuss his future tennis plans with Media on Wednesday according to Spanish news. The most likely reason is to follow Dementieva and Dent in retirement. Moya has barely played in the last two years because of injury and welcomed his daughter Carla in August with long term partner Carolina Cerezuela.
Little Carla has met some great players recently. In mid October Carlos Tweeted a photo of “Carlita” meeting Rafa Nadal.
“Hi everybody, here there’s a pic of Carlita and her new tennis teacher” – Carlos Moya
Photos of Juan Monaco and Carla have also been seen – lucky girl!
“Also visited Carlita! The princess daughter of Carlos Moya and his wife Carolina. Here I have a picture with her in my hands, it’s beautiful! Congratulations to the parents!” – Juan Monaco
>Just over a week after Elena Dementieva announced her retirement, American Taylor Dent has also announced he will retire from professional tennis to focus on his family and other interests.
During his career Dent has claimed 4 tour level titles, with three of them coming in 2003. Dent struggled with serious spinal injury during his career, undergoing three spinal surgeries, including 6 months spent in a full body cast before he was given the all clear return to tennis courts in 2008. In 2009 He moved up 800 ranking places and finished the season at 76 before being nominated for 2009 Comeback Player Of The Year.
Dent, who’s father is Phil Dent, also claims John Alexander as his god father and had a 151-140 win-loss record in his career with just over $2.5 million dollars in prize money.
Dent released a statement announcing his retirement. “I had the privilege to compete at the highest level for 12 years, see places in the world I would have never been able to see without tennis, and meet people along the way that have become lifelong friends. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially with my wife Jenny and our son Declan. I want to continue to stay active in the tennis industry and I am excited to explore opportunities in the world of tennis that my full tournament schedule never allowed me to do.”
Looking back at his career Dent is pleased with what he has achieved. “Looking back, I achieved so much. To recover from these injuries and play against the best players in the world, well, that was my goal and I accomplished it.”
>Rafael Nadal has had a routine round two match against Taylor Dent, defeating the American 6-2, 7-5. The opening set was essentially one way traffic for the Spaniard as Dent struggled on serve, and had even more difficultly stringing consecutive points together.
In the first set Dent frequently over-played, trying early to find a way to penetrate the Nadal game. Error after error came off Dent’s racquet and in almost 30 minutes Nadal had wrapped up the first set.
Dent found his way in the second set, finding his first serve along the way. He broke Nadal for a 4-2 lead after and incredibly sloppy game from the Spaniard, however, the world number one wasted no time breaking back. From that point Dent only managed to win one more game. Nadal put the break down to Dent’s impressive service power. “It happens when I play against big servers like Taylor. The match was close, and I was waiting to have my chance, but you are out of the rhythm from the baseline because he’s not giving you the long point. It’s difficult to have feel for the ball.”
At one point Dent threw down an incredible 149mph service ace, but struggled with his second serve, winning only 32% of these point. It may have been an uninspiring match from Dent (who seems to have added more than a few kilos) but we have to remember that most people look like novices against Nadal and Federer. Dent has previously suffered from a serious back injury that required surgery and kept him off the courts for over a year.
The win marks Rafa’s 35th win in 37 matches over recent weeks. His only losses were at Queens and Toronto last week.
Despite his success in recent weeks Nadal will struggle as always at the US Open, with his serve lacking the bite to really penetrate the court.
Nadal next faces Julien Benneteau.
Mardy Fish has had to pull out of the clay court event in Houston after a MRI revealed an injured he sustained in Miami was a bit more serious than first expected. In Miami Fish fell over and injured his glutes. He reported a fair bit of pain at the time, and a few days later when he tried to play again, but has decided to take some time out to rest his injured ass.
“I thought the pain would subside and I thought the injury was a little bit less than it was. But I got an MRI today and the swelling showed up so much, which was unusual. So there’s a lot of stuff going on in there. It needs a lot of rest. Too bad. The knee feels great. I’m disappointed at not getting to play at this tournament, I’ve had a lot of success. The way I was hitting the ball, it’s a bummer not to be able to play here.”
Taylor Dent also retired from Houston, however, Houston marks the return of Lleyton Hewitt. Wayne Odesnik continues to receive heavy criticism from other players, including Fish, who think its inappropriate that he’s playing and depriving others of points and money that will be taken if he is found guilty of ingesting the HGH he was busted with.
>- Rafa Nadal had a better day in the office than Novak Djokoivc did, winning his opening match in Miami against Taylor Dent even with painful wisdom teeth, winning 6-4, 6-3 in just 70 minutes.
- Kim Clijsters won her match after rain soaked delays in in Miami. She later said via Twitter “Long day after rain here, really happy with how I played tonight and stayed focused the whole match. Day off now tomorrow. Yay!!!”
- Defending champion Victoria Azarenka won her second round match as well today. The other defending champion, Andy Murray, faces Mardy Fish. Murray will be hoping to do well at the tournament, having just 35 points separating him and Rafael Nadal in the rankings.
- At this moment Elena Dementieva is suffering at the hands of Justine Henin and her inappropriate seeding/ranking just as she did at the Australian Open. She is down 3-6, 0-4.
- Thomaz Bellucci defeated James Blake in 3 sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
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