By Jon Wertheim
April 16, 2007
Who Why They're Up
Jelena Jankovic
Serb takes advantage of a depleted field and wins the Family Circle event in Charleston, S.C., beating Dinara Safina in the final for her first Tier I title.
Ivo Karlovic
Dr. Ivo rides his booming serve to his title -- on clay, no less -- winning the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston.
Nicolas Almagro
Spaniard defends his title in Valencia, Spain, beating Italy's Potito Starace in a three-set final.
Mariano Zabaleta
Resurgent Argentine qualifies for the main event in Houston and lasts until the finals. Provided his knees holds up, here's a Roland Garros dark-horse candidate.
Taylor Dent
Seems those retirement proclamations were premature. After another back surgery, he hopes to be back for the summer hardcourt circuit. We wish him well -- he's one of the good guys.
Doubles winners
The Bryans (pictured) in Houston for their fourth title of 2007. Todd Perry and Boise State product Wesley Moodie win in Valencia. The Chinese pair of Yan and Zheng win in Charleston.
Marat Safin
Beats Jarkko Nieminen in the first round of Monte Carlo in what is surely the best Sunday first-round match of all-time.
Through its National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), and in partnership with the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, receives a $400,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to help fund an 18-month, $750,000 pilot plan. The "Community Building Through Tennis" initiative seeks to utilize the sport of tennis and tennis facilities to build community in changing neighborhoods.
The Tennis Channel
Announces a multi-year distribution agreement with DirecTV that begins with a "Sneak Peek" of the French Open, followed by the launch of the network on the satellite provider later this summer.
Who All tied up?
Venus Williams
Good for her putting in the clay-court effort (and committing to Fed Cup) last week. But falling 7-6 in the third set to Jankovic in the Charleston semis is a loss that will sting for a while.
James Blake
Adds to his win total, including taking a third-set breaker against Juan "The Principality" Monaco. Yet -- even on clay -- a semifinal showdown against Zabaleta is precisely the kind of match a top-10 player needs to figure out a way to win.
Who Why They're Down
Andre Agassi
More precisely, his domestic capital.
Nicole Vaidisova
Top seed in Charleston loses early.
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Former French Open champ loses early in Valencia event, essentially his hometown tournament.

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