Monte Carlo results a forecast for the rest of the clay season?
If anything, the Monte Carlo Masters was a microcosm of Roger Federer's topsy-turvy season. Conversely, Rafael Nadal's championship amplified his unbeatable clay status. And the antipathy toward Novak Djokovic, after another withdrawal, only worsened.
Israel's Shahar Peer was an impressive 12-3 in Fed Cup singles going into the World Group playoff at home against the Czech Republic, but it was a tough weekend for the WTA's No. 18, who dropped both of her singles matches and saw her country relegated.
The U.S. Tennis Association's announcement last week that Donald Young will be training with Nick Bollettieri at his academy may have been slightly overstated. Young has had a standing invitation to work with the development guru and plans to spend a few days at the academy next week but also is considering playing the Challenger event in Bradenton to get more matches on clay before he heads to Europe.
Bonnie D. Ford covers tennis and Olympic sports for ESPN.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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