Monday, August 25, 2003

Davenport will play, but foot still sore


U.S. Open notebook

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Lindsay Davenport canceled her scheduled practice session Sunday leading into the U.S. Open because of a troublesome left foot, though she still planned to play in the tournament.

The injury forced Davenport to retire midway through the championship match of the Pilot Pen against Jennifer Capriati on Saturday.

Davenport drove straight from New Haven, Conn., to New York on Saturday and was examined by a U.S. Open doctor, who gave her a cortisone shot.

She has been struggling with a painful nerve disorder in her left foot and was noticeably limping against Capriati, who was leading 6-2, 4-0 when Davenport walked to the net and ended the match.

"She has been advised by doctors to stay off her feet today," Davenport's agent, Tony Godsick, said Sunday. "She has every intention of playing in the U.S. Open."

Davenport is scheduled to play the third match this morning in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

FAREWELL CHANG: A large contingent of Michael Chang's fan club lined the fence Sunday to watch him practice for his final event before retirement.

Chang, 31, received a wild-card entry into the Open, the last stop in a career that includes the 1989 French Open title and a high ranking of No. 2. Chang will play 15th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez in the first round.

HOBBLING COURIER: A busted wing will not keep four-time Grand Slam winner and former ATP No. 1 Jim Courier from fulfilling his broadcasting assignment with USA Network.

He broke a bone in his left arm two weeks ago when the golf cart in which he was riding flipped over on a course in Santa Cruz, Calif. "A convincing break, not minor by any stretch," Courier said. "But I'm a pretty disciplined guy, and the party line is I'll be fine."




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