Ana Ivanovic and her Montreal Fiasco

20 Jul

Ana Ivanovic has seen the best of times...

and the worst of times.

With the events that have transpired throughtout this past weekend, many tennis fans are left with one question: should Ana Ivanovic, the former Roland Garros champion and former World No. 1, have received a wild card to compete in the Rogers Cup, a title she previously won?  While some side with tournament director, Eugene Lapierre, many others agree that she should have gotten a wild card out of pure respect for her prior achievements.

As a fan of Ivanovic, I think that it is a shame she wasn’t awarded a wild card, but don’t find it to be a tragedy, as it will give her the oppurtunity to play some easier matches that she will have a descent chance of winning, especially coming in after playing in three consecutive tournaments in Stanford, San Diego, and Cincinnati.  So say what you will, but this could actually be what Ana needs to reignite her game to the level it was once at.

Please vote in this poll to show your opinion of the situation and feel free to comment no matter your opinion on the matter.


2 Responses to “Ana Ivanovic and her Montreal Fiasco”

  1. Curtis July 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    If this was Cincinnati, San Diego, Stanford, etc, then I wouldn’t have a problem with the wild card snub. But I take great issue with Montreal, the site of her first Tier 1 title, a tournament that she has done so much for in the past to promote (maybe more so than any other player), and a tournament which according to the tournament director Eugene Lapierre was “almost saved” by Ana, she deserves the proper respect given.

    Ana has earned a wild card for be a champion of this event. She has great memories and support there. IMHO, the tournament is devaluing what it means to win their tournament. If you aren’t rewarded for winning a event, why bother playing there?

    I agree that playing qualies could be good for Ana in the long run, but play them in New Haven, and stand up against Lapierre and send a message.

    • tennisnewsnow July 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

      I agree, it is also can be argued that this is the city in which Ana became a world-class tennis player, as she won her first Tier I there, defeated the 5-time Slam champion Martina Hingis, and she went on to win the U.S. Open Series that year. This title can be seen as her beginning since she went on to reach the French Open final the very next year.

      So I agree with you that she should show the tournament director that she is still a force to be reckoned with and I believe her only reason for not skipping the event is because of her fond memories in Montreal and her love for the city. I read on her Facebook that she loves the city because it resembles Paris, her favorite city. So that may have something to do with the fact she is agreeing to play the qualifying.

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