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Andy Roddick was exasperated at times during his second-round loss to Janko Tipsarevic.
Kournikova, 27, and Gimelstob, 31, are both set to play on World Team Tennis squads this summer -- Kournikova with the St. Louis Aces and Gimelstob with the Washington Kastles -- and Gimelstob said he intended to talk enough trash to make Kournikova cry on court. Other lowlights included Gimelstob's threat to "plug" a serve down Kournikova's throat, and a suggestion that his younger brother should have sex with Kournikova. He also made prurient observations about several current players on tour, including Nicole Vaidisova and Alize Cornet, whom he termed "sexpots" -- another dubious verbal detour, since Gimelstob provides match analysis for Tennis Channel.
The Russian said she had "no clue" why Gimelstob would attack her, and added, "I'm sorry about this, but I don't want to get into any off-court stuff. WTT is not about those sorts of things, it's about keeping it fun and positive playing for the fans. So I really don't want to get into any of those discussions. I really am not paying attention to that, and I don't want to give it any more significance than it has already received."
World Team Tennis suspended Gimelstob for one match without pay, and his apology is posted on the league's Web site. "I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal any wounds I have caused," wrote Gimelstob, who also made a donation to the Women's Sports Foundation. WTT founder Billie Jean King said she had spoken to Gimelstob and hoped all concerned could "move beyond" the incident. Tennis Channel also posted a statement that said the network had "reprimanded" Gimelstob.
Kournikova, a longtime Miami resident, spends much of her time these days raising money for the Boys and Girls Club.
The Aces play the Kastles in Washington on July 23.
-- Bonnie D. Ford
After Lindsay Davenport withdrew from the tournament before her second-round match with Gisela Dulko on Thursday with an injured right knee, she conceded that it might well be her last appearance at the All England Club, where she won the title in 1999.
And yet, Davenport didn't seem overly distraught.
"It didn't go into my mind today like, 'Oh, this is my last chance to play here,'" she said. "You know, I haven't analyzed it to that point yet.
"Coming back, it was a huge goal of mine after giving birth, and obviously having some extra weight and to see what I could do and challenge myself after having Jagger. It's been worth every step of the way."
Davenport was playing her first tournament in nearly two months and knew coming in that the condition of her knee might not allow her to last long. After beating Renata Voracova in the first round, Davenport rushed to the hospital for an MRI. To her relief, there was no structural damage to the knee that underwent surgery in 2002, but there was inflammation and fluid behind the kneecap.
"After warming up, I felt like I was about 25, maybe 30 percent," Davenport said. "In a first-, second-round match, it's just not good enough. It's not going to get better the more I play on it."
So Davenport will head home to Laguna Beach, Calif., and concentrate on rest and rehabilitation. The doctors say she should be good to go in several weeks. Then her focus will be reduced to two tournaments: the Beijing Olympics and the U.S. Open.
And then? It sounds as if Davenport -- who has withdrawn from tournaments this year with a back injury, a viral infection and this balky knee -- is going to quietly step away from the game.
"There's certainly days where you feel like it's not something you want to do, like any person in their job feels," she said. "There's other days where it's like, 'Oh, my gosh. I can't wait for the U.S. Open in eight weeks.'"
Since her comeback last year, Davenport has described her status as "semi part-time." Why doesn't she use the "R" word, as in retirement?
"Because if I say that word, you [media] guys jump all over it," she said, smiling. "So now I just pretend like I'm going to play through the London Olympics, and then I have no stress."-- Greg Garber