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Martina News
(June 2000)



June 30, 2000: Some articles on Martina: first, her 'USA Today' column appeared today, here. The tournament website also has a nice write-up on Martina, talking about a variety of Wimbledon-related topics from the Champions' Parade to John McEnroe as a possible mixed doubles partner. Click here for more. And for a nice article, courtesy of 'The Sporting News,' click here.

June 30, 2000: Due to rain, Martin did not get a chance to step on court today to complete her mixed doubles match. Tomorrow's schedule indicates a busy day for Martina, though rain is expected. First at 1:00 p.m., Martina will take part in the "Champions' Parade" on Centre Court to celebrate the Millennium Championships. Click here for the official AELTC press release. She also has 2 matches scheduled on Court 3 - the ladies doubles with Mariaan against the #13 seeds, Kimberly Po and Anne-Gaëlle Sidot; and then, the completion of the mixed doubles match with Mahesh against Jan Simerink and Miriam Oremans.

June 29, 2000: Martina and Mahesh were unable to complete their mixed doubles match today as it was suspended due to darkness. At the time, they trailed Jan Siemerink and Miriam Oremans 6-4 6-7(5-7) 9-8. Martina had served for the match at 8-7, but unfortunately, was broken at 30. The court location for the match's completion tomorrow has not yet been decided. In other news, the transcripts from Martina's and Mariaan's press conference yesterday are finally available, on the "ASAP Sports" website. Click here for more. And there are some new photographs from yesterday's doubles match. First, one courtesy of Empics, here. The tournament website also has a nice photo collage of sorts, here.

June 28, 2000: The mixed doubles draw for Wimbledon is out. Martina and Mahesh are unseeded. They play their first round match tomorrow against Jan Siemerink and Miriam Oremans. The match has been scheduled fourth on Court 3. For the complete draw, courtesy of the tournament website, click here.

June 28, 2000: "Lucy.com" will be hosting a press conference tomorrow, June 29, at the IMG House at Wimbledon at 10:00 a.m., to discuss Martina's new tennis attire. "Lucy.com" has been designing Martina's tennis outfits since the French Open this year.

June 28, 2000: For Netcam photos from today's match, courtesy of the tournament website, click here. The NetCam was turned off at 4-1 in the third set and as a result, photos of the match's completion are not included.

June 28, 2000: Martina and Mariaan won their first round doubles match today over Lubomira Bacheva and Amanda Hopmans 6-3 6-7(4-7) 6-3. The transcripts of their post-match interview are not available, but there is a short video clip on the tournament website showing part of that interview, here. For articles, click on the following links: Reuters, Associated Press, Ananova. And here are the photos: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six, Photo Seven, Photo Eight, Photo Nine. The first three are by 'Reuters,' the next three by the 'Associated Press' and the last three by 'Empics'.

June 28, 2000: Click here for another nice article on Martina, courtesy of the "ClickTV" website. For the most part, this one focuses on Martina's role as a TV analyst but she also talks about other topics of interest.

June 27, 2000: Pam Shriver has written a nice article on Martina for ESPN, entitled "Memories of Martina". Click here for more. Besides talking about Martina's tennis game, she also discusses their extremely successful doubles partnership. In addition, she also talks about Martina's and Mariaan's chances at Wimbledon this year. There are also two other sections dedicated to Martina: All-time Grand Slam wins and Navratilova by the numbers.

June 27, 2000: Martina will make her Wimbledon debut tomorrow, June 28, on Court 1. Together with Mariaan, they will meet Lubomira Bacheva and Amanda Hopmans in the first round.

June 26, 2000: Martina will be a guest columnist for 'USA Today' over the Wimbledon fortnight. Her column will appear Mondays and Fridays during the tournament. For her first report, previewing the event, click here. Many thanks to Sam for alerting me to this column.

June 26, 2000: In addition to her role as tv analyst for TNT Sports, Martina will also be a guest commentator on the BBC during Wimbledon. She is scheduled to commentate on both Saturdays (July 1 and 8). The BBC website has added a nice collection of audio clips, included among which is a nearly 6-minute interview with Martina, conducted some time after the 1978 Wimbledon final. Click here to listen to it.

June 26, 2000: Click here for another article on Martina, this one from the Indian newspaper, 'The Hindu.'

June 26, 2000: After playing her third WTA Tour event in Eastbourne last week, Martina has earned a spot in the latest WTA Tour rankings list, released today. She comes in at #176. With this, she becomes the first player to have a tour ranking in four consecutive decades. For the complete ranking list, click here.

June 26, 2000: "Tennis On The Line" online magazine has a few photos of Martina at Eastbourne on their website. Click here for more. The photos can be found in the galleries for days one and three.

June 26, 2000: For another article on Martina, from 'The Daily Telegraph,' click here. Martina discusses her picks for the Championships at Wimbledon among other subjects.

June 24, 2000: Martina shared her opinions with "The Sunday Times" on a variety of topics related to the current womens game. For the complete article, click here.

June 23, 2000: Mahesh Bhupathi, who will be playing mixed doubles with Martina at Wimbledon, talked to the Indian newspaper "The Hindu" about how this partnership came about. He said he first heard from Mariaan in Paris at the French Open that Martina was looking for a mixed doubles partner at Wimbledon. "But when I saw her at the gym and spoke to her she said she wasn't sure if she'd be permitted to play two events. Later she came back and said that it was all right. I am really excited."

June 23, 2000: Martina talks about her return to Wimbledon next week in this nice article by the 'Associated Press.' The article is a must-read for all Martina fans.

June 21, 2000: The BBC website has a nice photo gallery, dedicated to Martina, which includes a few photos of her at Wimbledon over the years. Click on the following link: Martina Navratilova: Queen of Centre Court.

June 21, 2000: Martina and Mariaan lost their first round doubles match today to Sugiyama and Tauziat, 6-4 7-6(7-5), despite holding set points in the second set. For a report on the match, from the tournament website, click here. And click here for an article by 'Reuters'. For a photo of Martina in action during today's match, click here.

June 20, 2000: The draw for the 'Ladies Doubles' at Wimbledon was released today. Martina and Mariaan are unseeded and have drawn Lubomira Bacheva and Amanda Hopmans in the first round. For the complete draw, courtesy of the official tournament website, click here. The website also has a nice article on Martina's return to Wimbledon. Quoted in the article is Billie Jean King, who talks about Martina's chances of tieing her record of 20 titles. For more on that, click here.

June 20, 2000: Martina and Mariaan lost the first set 6-4 of their opening round match at Eastbourne against the #4 seeds, Sugiyama and Tauziat. The match was interrupted by rain and is scheduled to be finished tomorrow on Centre Court. For an article by "Sportlive," click here. For an 'Ananova' report, click here. And here are two photographs. The first is by Reuters, from yesterday's practice session. The second is from the tournament website: Photo One, Photo Two.

June 19, 2000: The doubles draw at Eastbourne was released today. Martina and Mariaan face the #4 seeds, Ai Sugiyama and Nathalie Tauziat in their opening match tomorrow. The match is scheduled fourth on Centre Court. For the complete draw, courtesy of the official tournament website, click here. For a 'Reuters' photo of Martina during her practice session today, click here.

June 18, 2000: According to a 'Press Association' report, Martina is already in Eastbourne for the "Direct Line International Ladies Tennis Championships," which starts on Monday.

June 15, 2000: It's official - Martina will be playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Mahesh Bhupathi. It was confirmed by her spokeswoman today. In addition, Martina will also be playing womens doubles with Mariaan de Swardt.

June 15, 2000: Here are a few more pictures from Roland Garros. First, one from the tournament website that seems to have gone unnoticed before. Click here. The next set consists of SlamCam photos from Martina's third round doubles match and the trophy presentation after the womens final. Again, my thanks to Réjane Traver for these nice photos: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six, Photo Seven.

June 11, 2000: Martina earns 92 points for her third round placement in the womens doubles at Roland Garros. With this, her points total come to 131. She will be ranked after her third tournament in Eastbourne next week. A minimum of 3 tournaments in the last 52 weeks are required to earn a WTA Tour ranking.

June 10, 2000: Martina presented the winner's and runners-up trophies after the womens final today at Roland Garros. For a picture of Martina congratulating the new champion, Mary Pierce, click here. The photo is by the 'Associated Press.' For NetCam pictures from the presentation ceremony, click on the following links: NetCam One, NetCam Two, NetCam Three, NetCam Four, NetCam Five. Martina can also be spotted in the background of this Reuters photo of the two finalists.

June 9, 2000: Martina is still in Paris. She was in attendance at today's mixed doubles final to support Mariaan - who ended up winning. Congratulations Mariaan! For a picture of Martina in the stands, courtesy of AFP, click here.

June 8, 2000: Click here for a nice article on Martina from the 'Denton Record-Chronicle'. Martina briefly discusses a variety of subjects from the Dallas Stars to the latest 'Sports Illustrated' magazine cover. And for another photo from yesterday's doubles match, click here. This photo accompanied by an article is from the BBC website.

June 7, 2000: Martina and Mariaan lost their doubles match today, going down to the #6 seeds, Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat, 2-6 6-2 7-5. To read the transcripts from Martina's post-match press conference, courtesy of the Roland Garros website, click here. This is a must-read for all Martina fans. Click here for a brief report (in French) from the tournament website. For pictures from today, click on the following links (the first photo is by the 'Associated Press' and the second one is from the tournament website): Photo One, Photo Two. Mariaan is still alive in the mixed doubles event and we wish her all the best.

June 6, 2000: Martina and Mariaan finally got to play their third round doubles match today against Tauziat and Fusai on Court Suzanne Lenglen. However, the match was suspended in the second set due to bad lighting. The score stood at 6-2 1-3 to Martina and Mariaan. The match will be completed tomorrow. Here are some nice SlamCam pictures taken during the match. Many thanks to Réjane Traver for e-mailing me the photos: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six.

June 5, 2000: Martina's and Mariaan's third round doubles match against Fusai and Tauziat was postponed till tomorrow due to rain. Again, the match is scheduled fourth on Court Central tomorrow. For an 'Associated Press' article on Martina's comments on the current state of womens tennis as published in 'L'Equipe' magazine, click here.

June 4, 2000: Martina and Jan Siemerink lost their second round mixed doubles match today to the #12 seeds, Mariaan and David Adams 6-3 6-3. For a picture from today's match, courtesy of the Roland Garros website, click here. 'Tennis' magazine have an article on Martina on their website, after yesterday's womens doubles win. For more on that, click here. Tomorrow, Martina will make her Court Central debut at Roland Garros in the womens doubles. Mariaan and she play the #6 seeds, Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat in the third round. The match is the last one scheduled there. Fans can follow the match, point by point, on the website's Scoreboard section.

June 3, 2000: Martina will be in action tomorrow, June 4 - the second round of mixed doubles with Jan against the #12 seeds, Mariaan and David Adams. The match is scheduled third on Court 2. Fans can get point-by-point updates on the Scoreboard on the official tournament website.

June 3, 2000: Martina won both her matches today. In the womens doubles with Mariaan, they defeated the #12 seeds, Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik 7-6(7-2) 7-5. In the mixed doubles with Jan, they defeated Larisa Neiland and Cyril Suk 7-6(7-3) 6-3. Congratulations Martina, Mariaan and Jan! To read a brief report (in French) from the tournament website on Martina's mixed doubles win, click here. The transcripts from Martina's post-match press conference yesterday are finally out on the Roland Garros website. Click here to read them.

June 2, 2000: Martina has two matches to play tomorrow. Both are scheduled to take place on Court 9. First, she plays her second round womens doubles match with Mariaan against the #12 seeds from Slovenia, Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik. She will also play her opening round mixed doubles match with Jan Siemerink against Larisa Neiland and Cyril Suk, also on Court 9. Fans can follow both matches, point by point, on the Scoreboard page on the official website.

June 2, 2000: For NetCam pictures from Martina's and Mariaan's doubles match today, click here.

June 2, 2000: Martina and Mariaan won their first round doubles match today, defeating Sabine Appelmans and Rita Grande, 5-7 6-1 6-3. Congratulations Martina and Mariaan! For the 'Reuters' report, click here and for the 'Associated Press' article, click here. And click here for a SportsTicker article that talks about the chances of Martina meeting Martina Hingis in doubles this time. The Roland Garros website also have a brief report on the match (in French) in their "Articles et Résumés" section. Bud Collins has a nice write-up on Martina's match in his MSNBC article on Day Five action at Roland Garros. For today's photos, click on the following links. The first two are by 'AP,' the next three by 'Reuters', the next three by 'AFP' and the last from the official tournament site: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six, Photo Seven, Photo Eight, Photo Nine. The BBC also have a short report on today's win, along with another photo.

June 1, 2000: lucy.com has announced it will outfit Martina for her return to the tour at the French Open and Wimbledon. lucy.com is an online womens sportswear retailer and is also the North American presenting sponsor of the Sanex WTA Tour. To read the full press release, courtesy of PR Newswire, click here.

June 1, 2000: Martina and Mariaan take the court tomorrow for the opening round doubles match against Sabine Appelmans and Rita Grande at Roland Garros. That match is scheduled fourth on Court 2. Martina has also entered the mixed doubles competition, partnering Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands. This marks the first time they are playing together. They will meet Cyril Suk and Larisa Neiland in the first round. For the mixed doubles draw, courtesy of the Roland Garros website, click here.



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