Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lindsay Davenport Announces Return

Well, well. It seems like only yesterday I was writing tributes to the Tower of Power from southern California and already, the new mother has announced her return to the WTA Tour. Yeah, yeah, it's only doubles. For now. Look for Mother Davenport to make a comeback in singles before you can say, "Wow!"

Here's the full skinny from the WTA site.

New Mother Davenport to Return at New Haven

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA – Just five and a half weeks after giving birth to her son Jagger Jonathan, three-time Grand Slam champion and 2005 Pilot Pen singles champion Lindsay Davenport has committed to Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick, a US Open Series event on the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to be held August 17-25 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, Tournament Director Anne Worcester announced Wednesday.

Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam singles and doubles champion, has entered the doubles draw and will play with doubles world No.2 and fellow American Lisa Raymond. She joins Svetlana Kuznetsova, Amélie Mauresmo, Marion Bartoli, Daniela Hantuchova and Elena Dementieva as women's players already committed. On the men's side, Nikolay Davydenko, Tommy Robredo and James Blake headline the field.

"After the birth of my son Jagger on June 10, I am very excited to announce that I will return to professional tennis at the Pilot Pen in August," Davenport stated. "This will be my eighth visit to New Haven and I have obviously loved playing the Pilot Pen for years."

"To think that just five and a half weeks after giving birth to a healthy baby son Lindsay has decided to return to competitive tennis is nothing short of a miracle," said Worcester. "And that she has chosen Pilot Pen Tennis and New Haven for her comeback is truly a privilege and honor for us."

Davenport, a 51-time singles and 36-time doubles champion on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, hasn't played since last September due to the fact she was pregnant. On June 10, she gave birth to a son, and her return to the Tour will come with her eighth appearance at the Pilot Pen, but her first appearance in the doubles event. She has had great success in New Haven, winning the 2005 event, reaching the finals five times and the semifinals once.


Welcome back, Lindsay. Kill the people!

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Savannah said...

I have to say I was surprised to see her coming back so soon but if playing tennis is what she needs to do so be it.

Craig Hickman said...

Since her pregnancy seemed to almost be an accident (she had planned to play through Wimbledon this year, after all), I figured that as soon as she was ready to go back to work, she would.

Lindsay is a tough cookie.

Mad Professah said...

Dayum....on the court playing doubles a little over 2 months after giving birth via C-section to a baby is absolutely insane.

"tough" doesn't begin to describe it :)

brooklyn1006 said...

Totally agree with madprofessah. Hard for me to even believe a doctor co-signed on it. But whatever, Lindsay is running back to the tour (and it's probably the first time she's ever run hard).