August 25, 2008
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How did you play?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I thought I played pretty well, considering, you
know, I haven't really played since April and had been injured.
I knew I drew a tough opponent in the first round, so happy to have
played the way I did, and get through in the scoreline in the fashion I
Q. What did you injure?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, my knee.
Q. What's gone on in the interim that allowed you to play?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I have no idea. Just a lot of rest, and, you know,
some therapy and stuff. All of a sudden just right before the Olympics
it seemed to turn a corner. I have no idea what happened, but it feels
Q. Which knee, Lindsay?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's my right knee.
Q. Between Sharapova being out and the Olympics having taken place, do
you think this is a good year for a lot of unheralded players to make a
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's funny, I almost look at it the other way. I look
at it as a time it's better maybe for the veterans, not like me, but
people that have played a lot. They know how to handle sometimes the
circumstances of traveling and of adjusting and getting used to a new
I think everyone at the top is well aware of what the summer was going
to bring. You know, I would think that after being ‑‑ everyone's been
back from Beijing for eight days at the minimum now, I think everyone is
ready for the US Open and kind of concentrating on that now.
Q. There's no Olympic hangover? These players know what's coming,
they're used to the travel?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: That's my philosophy on it. I don't think that Serena
has an Olympic hangover. You know, I don't know. I wasn't there.
I haven't talked to any of the Russians about it, but I think everyone
is fired up enough for the US Open and ready to go here.
Q. By pulling out of the singles at the Olympics, was it more calculated
with the thought of saving your knee for the doubles, or was it that it
was in that much pain?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No. I mean, it was the first time when I got to
Beijing that my knee felt good. I was actually a little bit like ‑‑ I
was walking around the court like I don't know what to do right now
(laughter.) I was so used to it hurting.
At that moment I had not practiced one day for singles. I was hoping to
give it a shot, I mean, but on top of playing singles and doubles, the
weather, my knee, I didn't know if it would hold up at all.
I just chose. I thought the safest thing was to play doubles, and I'm
glad I did. I got a lot move confidence in my body by playing those
doubles matches. Even the match we lost was over three hours and I came
away walking away unscathed, so I was happy with that.
Q. Two years ago you sat in that chair and you fielded a lot of
questions about how much longer you were going to play and how much
longer your body...
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: And now I just ignore those questions, because I know
you're not going to ask me one of those, right?
Q. Absolutely not. I'm going to ask you if it feels like deja vu a bit?
Do you feel like you're kind of back to where you were at that point?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it feels like a whole different element this
year. You know, two years ago here I obviously didn't have a child then
to worry about and made this comeback and have taken some time off.
But I think each time I play a Grand Slam I always think that, Oh, this
could be my last time playing here. I've obviously learned that I have
no idea what the future kind of holds and what will happen, and I don't
make decisions for the future anymore from this day that I'm living in.
But, sure, I'm here. I mean, I'm so excited to be back here. I didn't
think I would be back playing. You never know how many more chances
you'll get to be playing here.
Q. You were a 14‑year‑old girl here; you are a 32‑year‑old woman, a
mother right now. Your life has obviously changed considerably, as it
should from 14 to 32. If you can look back at the span of the years and
think about what this tournament has meant to you in those years and the
maturity and your thoughts.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I mean, it's so hard to kind of paraphrase that
into this short press conference. But, I mean, I started out here. The
first year I got a wildcard into the main draw and I had played in the
juniors before thinking that I was way out of my league and that I was
just so fortunate to be able to walk on the grounds and that I can't
believe the USTA let me have a wildcard and I'll never forget this day.
To, you know, obviously becoming a champion of it to then becoming a
player with really good results and now coming back as a mom and as a
former No. 1 and the champion, I mean it's just all overwhelming. I've
always said that I never thought when I was growing up and playing that
I would ever be in a champion‑like position.
So to look back, I mean, to go back year by year, I mean, I changed so
much each year, and it was such a learning process for me to get to the
point in '98 where I actually thought I could win.
When I did prevail, took a lot of years to get there.
Q. Are your motivations and goals the same, or is there some kind of
different perspective or knowing where you are as a player now?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, I still think I can do well if I can stay
healthy. It's obviously been a battle this year, and a battle that it's
been hard to fight. But really, the Olympics and the US Open have kind
of kept me going.
But I really don't have any performance goals, because I don't know
really what will happen. My biggest thing is I feel like if I can stay
healthy I give myself a chance to do well.
I don't know what well kind of means anymore, but I'm just shooting to
play well, and today was a good step.
Q. Is that one of the biggest differences from when you were the best
player in the world?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, yeah. I don't obviously have the confidence
that I had those years just by the lack of play and the lack of matches
compared to normal years that I played.
And just at this age I never know what can go wrong anymore.
Q. Can you talk about how your daily practice schedule and everything
has changed from being a mother from the way it was before?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, ironically it didn't actually change too
much. I've always been someone, since about the early 2000 years, that
I've only hit once a day. I hit around the same time, around 10:00, and
I practice a minute from my house. My son comes down and there's a
playground right there, so he alternates between running around one
court and playing on the playground.
Then he goes down for his nap and I go to work out and I come home.
Sometimes I'm there when he wakes up and sometimes it's a little bit
later. That's about it.
My focus ‑‑ I do what I can do to play well, but it's not taking up my
whole day. I don't know if that's good or bad. It's kept me fresh all
these years, but I know players have a lot more brutal schedules at home
than I do.
Q. Since the Olympics was your original motivation for coming back, was
it crushing from having to withdraw from the singles? Did it feel
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, it did didn't. And I kind knew at Wimbledon
that that could be the case. A few weeks later I was talking to the
USTA, and, you know, I kind of ‑‑ I kind of knew ‑‑ I think the
accomplishment of making the team and being in Beijing and then ‑‑ like
obviously being able to play healthy in the doubles, I would have loved
to have brought home a medal in that but we came up just short.
It didn't feel incomplete. It actually felt fantastic. I had such a
great time there. I was glad I was able to qualify for the team and be a
part of it.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the Olympic experience other than on
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, it was fantastic, yeah. I think obviously when
you get older you have a different perspective on it, so, you know, this
time I was definitely focused and kind of living in the moment and
enjoying the experience.
I stayed in the Village, tried to go to other events, tried to obviously
get to know some of the other American athletes I didn't know already. I
just loved it. It was fantastic.
Q. Did you talk to Dara Torres at all?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I didn't. Some of the swimmers weren't staying there
in the Village. I don't ‑‑ maybe she was. We had a couple buildings. I
never saw her.
Q. Were you subjected at all to the volleyball players and coaches who
had to go through that terrible personal tragedy?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Personally, no. My mom, yes. She was calling me in
the first few hours trying to figure out who it was. Yeah, it was tough
for my family, you know. And I know a lot of the players that played,
and to see them was really tough.
It was one of those things yesterday when NBC showed them winning the
gold medal, I mean, I was crying. It means a lot. Volleyball has always
been the sport of my family, and they were really proud of everybody.
You know, I was happy to make it out to a few games. The tennis world
they say is such a small world, and the volleyball world is such a tiny
world in USA volleyball. So, you know, it resonated more so to my
parents than me, but obviously I felt their pain.
Q. You said you haven't made any plans to play beyond the US Open. When
you sit down after this tournament with your family and make that
decision, what are the main factors to go into that?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Such a personal question. No, I'm just kidding you.
I'm just kidding. (laughter.)
Gosh, I mean, to be honest, I mean, it was all about getting me healthy
enough to be able to play here. My mind hasn't really raced too far from
that. I've tried to just focus on being here, but obviously it will
depend on ‑‑ you know, it's very tough now for either me or my husband
to be away from my son.
When I went to Beijing I left him for two weeks and it was heart
breaking. Not so much my husband, but my son. (laughter.)
He feels the same way. I'm obviously kidding. But, you know, it's like
we definitely did this journey to be a family, and it's obviously not
easy when you have two working parents and one traveling.
You know, we'll have to see how I feel, if there's any motivation, how
it affects everybody that's involved with us, and take it from there.
Q. It's always a bit of a scramble, and No. 1 is up in the air. But
right now do you think we're in a period of an extended scramble for No.
1? Justine was...
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Totally, yeah, absolutely. I mean, it's kind of weird
that they're switching week to week with no tournaments. You know, it's
a little bit unfortunate that you almost rather would have a clear‑cut
No. 1, or a really fantastic race like on the men's side where the
players are winning the big ones to become No. 1, where some other ones
are kind of sliding in by not playing that week or withdrawals or
I mean, to be No. 1, it takes ‑‑ it's really tough to be that good for
52 weeks. You know, hopefully it comes down to players that are earning,
stepping up and winning the tournament and getting there and kind of ‑‑
you know, you always love to see the player win to become No. 1.
Q. Does it hurt the sport? Does it cause confusion for the fans?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think it causes confusion just based on the weekly
changes of it. But, you know, as players we're used to it. I think for
the fans, they don't really know, Oh, who's 1 this week or is it a big
deal now or not?
Q. This year at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods was able to share a
championship with his daughter Samantha, and he spoke about that.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's actually just Sam, not Samantha.
Q. Sam, sorry. I guess I made an assumption. Anyway, my point being,
though, do you ever think about, as a mother, how wonderful it would be
to ‑‑ is that a dream and a motivation of yours?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's not. I don't think so. You know, clearly if I
was the favorite week in and week out like Tiger is that maybe that
would be a little easier.
But for me, it's not so much about sharing it with my son. Just to be on
this journey with my son has been quite exciting and memorable and have
a good time with that.
I mean, honestly the kid has no idea if I've won or lost. He napped
through my whole match today in the hotel. But having said that, I'm
sure it's great to win with them. For me and John it's all about having
him along with us every step of the way.
Q. But what would it mean for you to be sitting in the stands while he
plays the final of the US Open?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Oh, that would be fun. Oh, gosh, I would imagine.
Everything seems a little bit greater now when it's involved with him
than it is with me.
So, yeah, hopefully we can get him to some stage one day.
Q. When you look around the locker room you must feel like the senior
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: There's not too many girls older than me.
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