davydenko’s in the quarters + an update on the match-fixing scandal



Nikolay Davydenko - Miami 2008

Nikolay Davydenko seems to be shaking away his demons left and right.

First, he’s standing up against the ATP anti-corruption team (“Tennis Integrity Unit”) investigating the match-fixing scandal, refusing to hand over phone records of his brother, Edouard, and his wife, Irina, until the ATP decides to foot his legal bill. His lawyer, Frank Immenga, told BBC Sport that charges will be dropped very soon, and that it’s not out of the question that Kolya will sue the ATP for damages.

Meanwhile, he just reached the quarters at the Sony Ericsson Open for the first time in his career, taking out Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Ancic was on a roll before falling to the Russian, beating 13th seed Andy Murray and 18th seed Juan Monaco (le sigh) in the previous two rounds. Kolya has yet to face a seed, and will take on Janko Tipsarevic in the quarters. The only time the two have met was in the hard courts of Russia in last year’s Davis Cup tie. (Kolya won that one 7-6, 6-1.)

As usual, he’s wearing a ho-hum kit from Airness.

(photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

kolya’s wife, irina, gets dragged into the mess



Yikes, this match-fixing scandal continues to haunt Russian Nikolay Davydenko as he competes in this week’s year-ending Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, and it doesn’t help that Alessio Di Mauro received a nine-month suspension for betting on tennis matches online. I’m all about zero-tolerance, but I’d like to point out that never bet on tournaments that he was playing in.

nikolay and irina davydenko wedding

Meanwhile, ATP investigators have now brought in brother Edouard Davydenko and his wife, Irina, to help get to the bottom of this mess. Their question to her: how much pain can your hubby withstand? Next question: what’s your safe word? just kidding.

Trivia: Davydenko does not own a cell phone.

nikolay-irina-davydenko-honeymoon.jpg

Read up(ish): A write-up in Smash about their wedding here, and wedding photos here.

(photos by ATP and AP)

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short balls sunday



Did Sara Bareilles‘s Gravity really play at the end of tonight’s Brothers & Sisters? How exciting. Congrats to her!

Anyway, onto the short balls…

On Nole, Fed Cup, and her shoulder: Women’s Tennis Blog is on doodle patrol, and we get some Maria Sharapova questions answered by the player herself.

Nole gives back: Davis Cup hero Novak Djokovic understands how important he will be (along with fellow players Janko Tipsarevic, Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Jankovic) in shaping the future of Serbian tennis. And he takes this role seriously. (via SMH)

Roger and Masha get ranked again: BusinessWeek releases its Power 100, a list of the most influential people in the world of sports. Of course, Roger and Masha make the list (and are the only two tennis players to do so). (via TennisInfoBlog.com)

You can add this to Roger’s appearance in Time, and Masha’s many mentions in Forbes.

Match-fixing spills to WTA: Tennis Diary’s Nina Rota does some legwork to find out more about possible match-fixing on the WTA. This time, the match involved Tatiana Poutchek and Mariya Koryttseva in the quarterfinals of the Sunfeast Open two weeks ago.

Is there really no room for beer and pizza?: LTA juniors David Rice and Naomi Broady had their funding suspended after photos of them binging on alcohol and junk food surfaced on the internet. I guess it makes sense to work hard before you get to the top. But when you’re there… it’s a whole other story.

Slide show: The New York Times breaks down how clay king Rafael Nadal has been improving his hardcourt game.

He’s no square peg: Bonnie D. Ford tells us that the 6’9″ John Isner is fitting into the pro tennis world just fine.