Quote of the week
"I've been very fortunate to be able to play for so long. It started as my hobby, and I've been able to do it for 17 years, which is great." -- Jonas Bjorkman
, 36, after playing his final career match.
Is she or isn't she?
Earlier in the week one of the local Chinese reporters at the Tennis Masters Cup inquired about the pretty lady in Novak Djokovic's friend's box. There was no hesitation by Djokovic, who quickly quipped, "It is Miss Universe." The local media seemed to think Djokovic was serious and the woman in question was a beauty queen. But in actuality, she is only Miss Universe in Djokovic's world -- it was his girlfriend, Jelena, a university student who was making a rare visit to watch her favorite player in action.
Still in charge
Tennis Masters Cup Tournament Director Brad Drewett is set to assume that role again when the tournament shifts to London next year. However, being that Drewett is based in his home country of Australia and found the monthly travel to Houston during the two years the year-end event was played there a challenge, there will be some aspects of the job he will redistribute among London-based staff.
Nevertheless, the potential is there for Drewett to be out of the season-ending tournament director business, as he's considered one of the leading candidates from within the ATP organization to replace Etienne de Villiers as the chairman of the ATP Tour. Drewett declined to be interviewed on his candidacy, feeling it inappropriate to talk about his bid for the position since he is currently an ATP employee. One issue that could surface if Drewett inherits de Villiers' job is where he will be based. In the past it has been believed that operating the tour from Australia would be a challenge, considering the time difference from the rest of the world's business operating hours.