Davenport has new coach

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MELBOURNE, Australia – When Lindsay Davenport was looking for a new coach late last year, she phoned friend and former player Dave DiLucia for a recommendation. A few days later, she called him back to see if he’d like the job. When Davenport, who won her first-round match Monday at the Australian Open, parted company with former coach Adam Peterson in early November, she waited about four weeks before hiring DiLucia, a former No. 1 singles and doubles player at Notre Dame. “Ironically, I first called Dave to get his advice (on who to get as a coach) as a good friend of mine and see what he thought,” Davenport said. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Davenport’s husband, Jon Leach, suggested DiLucia might be the best choice. She had dinner with DiLucia in Key Biscayne, Fla., where he coached tennis, and he accepted the job. “(DiLucia is) a very, very smart individual and very intense and very focused on a lot of things,” Davenport said. Dokic ‘down mentally’ Down Under: Jelena Dokic played her first Grand Slam match as an Australian in five years Monday. It wasn’t a happy homecoming. She lost 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 to Virginie Razzano, with an overrule from the umpire going against her on one of her two match points. Dokic celebrated a forehand on match point at 6-5 in the second set, but it was called long. The 22-year-old raised her arms thinking she had won. She later said the call left her “down mentally.” last_img

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