Monday June 18th, 2007

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WhoWhy They're Up
Andy Roddick
Saves a match point in the final to win his fourth straight Artois title. Plus, watch this interview and I defy you not to come away with an improved impression of the guy.
Jelena Jankovic
Hardest-working in tennis takes out Maria Sharapova in the final to win the Birmingham, England, title.
Tomas Berdych
Beats Marcos Baghdatis in the final to take Gerry Weber event in Halle, Germany.
Nicolas Mahut
Reaches Artois final and comes within a forehand pass of passing. Alas, he now has to try and qualify for Wimbledon.
Doubles winners
The streaking Knowles and Nestor at Artois. Tapei personalities Chan and Chuang win in Birmingham. Aspelin and Knowle in Halle.
Kent Kinnear
Score one for Indiana. Former pro named USTA national coach. Kinnear joins the men's coaching staff and will work primarily from the USTA player-development headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla., and will begin by working with the 2007 Pan Am Games team this summer.
Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
Thirty-six year-old qualifies in Birmingham. (Then loses first round match to Vania King, 7-6, 7-6.)
Tommy Robredo
Move over Amanda Beard ...
Marc Gicquel
Dude recovered from a low blow to win his match in Halle. (And what a great photo.)
Lindsay Davenport
Welcomes a son into the world.
Meilen Tu
American veteran is now in the top 40.
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WhoWhy They're Down
Roger Federer
Pulls out of Wimbledon tune-up in London. Durga Rajaram of Naperville, Ill., perspicaciously notes that from 1993 to 2000, the only year Mr. Sampras did not win Wimbledon was '96 -- this was also the only year, during that stretch, he skipped Queen's Club.
Lleyton Hewitt
Defending Stella Artois champ loses first match to Jo-Willy Tsonga.
James Blake
Rough year continues as Blake, a top-five player at the start of the year, falls in Halle to Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Anastasia Myskina
Former top-five player out of Wimbledon with that toe injury, joining Jürgen Melzer, Xavier Malisse and Gaston Gaudio, among others, on the non-start list.
Francesca Schiavone
Top seed in Barcelona, loses her first match 6-1, 6-1. The real question: Why is the WTA sanctioning a claycourt event two weeks before Wimbledon?

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