Is Davenport next?


By Greg Garber, ESPN.com
NEW YORK -- Maybe Andre Agassi won't be the only American tennis icon to retire this year.

Despite continuing ill health over the summer, 30-year-old Lindsay Davenport has always sounded positive about her prospects of playing the 2007 season. As recently as last week, she said with conviction, "It's just not my time yet to say goodbye."

On Monday, after her routine first-round victory over Klara Zakopalova, Davenport stepped back from that hard line.

After the U.S. Open, Davenport said she would play two events in Asia and then re-evaluate her future playing status.

"Nothing's a guarantee, and nothing's ruled out," Davenport said. "It seems so far away in my mind to say I'll be in Australia in January. I couldn't say and swear on my life that I would be there."

So, is "undecided" the best way to describe her mind-set?

"Yeah," she said, smiling. "I think that's probably good.

"I think it will definitely come down to … November, if I'm feeling good and if I'm out practicing or not. I'll definitely know by the beginning of December what the plans are."

That Davenport played at all is something of a medical miracle. Fifty-one hours earlier, she retired from her championship final at New Haven's Pilot Pen trailing Justine Henin-Hardenne 0-6, 0-1. After playing only one match in a span of five months because of an ailing back -- she lost to Samantha Stosur -- Davenport found herself playing her fifth match in five days.

Her right shoulder, arm and elbow couldn't stand the shock. She rested, iced her arm and, Davenport said, didn't take a cortisone shot. She'll have Tuesday off and, as long as she wins, will only have to play a match every other day.

"Hopefully," she said, rubbing her arm, "no damage done. I think I'll be able to make it better as the tournament goes on."


There is good news and bad news on the Donald Young front. The 17-year-old once celebrated as the next big thing in American men's tennis won his first ATP-level set. The bad news: He lost the next three to Novak Djokovic and is now 1-for-23 sets in his brief career.

Donald YoungAl Bello/Getty ImagesDonald Young won the first set, his first on the ATP Tour, before losing to No. 20 Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Djokovic, who is ranked No. 23 in the world, surrendered only four games in the last three sets, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-1. Young, the champion of the recent USTA Boys' 18 Super National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., has now lost each of his 10 ATP matches.

"I won my first set," Young said, sounding a little surprised. "Came against probably the highest-ranked player that I've played. So I'm very happy about that."

The USTA typically awards a main draw wild card to the U.S. junior champion. In the Open Era, the junior champions have a 17-38 record in the U.S. Open. The last junior to win here was Justin Gimelstob, in 1995. Eleven years later, he was first-round winner here Monday, dispatching Oliver Marach of Austria in straight sets.

Young, who is listed at 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, acknowledged that he needs to get bigger and stronger.

"Winning the first set made me feel a lot better," he said. "Gave me a lot more confidence. I could actually play out there with some of the top guys."


Darkness hadn't even enveloped the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center when the first major upset of the tournament went down.

Feliciano Lopez, a spidery, unseeded Spaniard, knocked No. 3 seed Ivan Ljubicic out in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Ljubicic, who broke through with his first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open and followed it up with a semifinal effort at the French Open, did not manage a single break point.