Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
143rd ranked Nicole Vaidisova’s loss to the 109th ranked and 6th seed Taiwaneese Yung-Jan Chan in the opening round of U.S. Open Qualifying on paper appears to be the expected result. Vaidisova is currently enduring the worst stretch of tennis in her career, and will soon find herself competing in the minor leagues, ITF Challengers, as her ranking will no longer be high enough to get into regular WTA tour events.
This is a curious case for a player that was once so good, that some debated her date of birth, saying she was much older then she actually was. The haters will come when you experience success at that young of age, and as quickly as she did, reaching her career high rank of #7 at the tender age of 18 (the first year she was no longer restricted from the Age Eligibility Rule).
This video, taken in the WTA event in Prague during her opening round 7-5, 6-2 loss to Alla Kudryavtseva shows just how bad it’s gotten.
At the end of her fine season in 2007, the Miami Herald reporter that Nikki had applied for a marriage lisence with then 29 year old Radek Stepanek, who was the ex-fiance of Martina Hingis (this when Hingis was going through a slump of her own). Although these rumors were later proved to be false, Stepanek and Vaidisova are still currently a couple. Has Vaidisova changed priorities?
Nicole has a big game, big serve, big ground strokes, and if she can find her game, she can certainly be a factor on the WTA tour again. Whether she wants to, is an entirely different question. She’s only 20, she has plenty of time.
What do you think? Can and will Nicole Vaidisova return to form?