I promise you: I'm not as curmudgeonly as it may sometimes seem on this blog!
Sometimes, I can be a Donnie Downer, I'll admit, but it's all in the spirit of what blogs are about: expressing your opinion.
Take, for instance, the news today about Kim Clijsters being close to making a comeback. There's even news that she asked for a U.S. Open wildcard. It's definitely buzzworthy since she appeared to be in the prime of her career when she quit to get married and have a family.
But … (I thought I'd switch it up from my usual "However"!)
Do you remember what she was like the year or so before she retired? The constant complaining about the travel? The grind of the tour? The desire to quit early and start a family? And it wasn't just her: Lindsay Davenport was the same, too, before she "quit."
Now I've been following the pro game a long time and I swear, I've never heard two players gripe as much about being professional players and making millions: male or female.
Clijsters got a lot out of the game: dozens of titles, a number-one ranking in singles and doubles, some Slams in both. Why come back? You have the family and you're a surefire lock for the Hall of Fame. If you hated it so much before, why go back?
Clijsters, and Davenport, too, remind me of boxers: Those guys are always making comebacks. But for what? Pride? Money? There's a whole world out there. The sport you seemed to hate so much at the end gave you the opportunity to explore other options.
If Justine Henin were to announce a comeback, or even (going old-school here) Jennifer Capriati were to make a comeback then I'd be fine with it. Henin clearly had to step away and injury has slowed Capriati. But with Clijsters, dissing the game and lifestyle so many people wish they could have and then returning to it just seems bogus to me.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.