It's interesting to see all the WTAers rush to the defense of JJ now that the year is winding down. You have to understand the impulse to do so. How else do you justify what has appeared to be, at times, a completely chaotic, drawn out, unnecessarily dramatic year full of sound and fury and, quite possibly in the grand scheme of things, signifying nothing?
But who else should stand atop the wreckage than the most completely chaotic, drawn out, unnecessarily dramatic WTAer of them all.
Here's a nice article over at ESPN.com with quotage from Larry Scott, Carillo, Bollitieri (biased much?), and Shriver. I don't dispute much of what's in the article since it's primarily focused on the computer rankings, how you get points, and what JJ has done to get them. And you can't dispute the fact that making the quarterfinals in 19 of 21 tournaments is a pretty remarkable stat. But it is noticable that Carillo and Shriver are carefully choosing their words wisely when discussing JJ, which is wise, because if you don't, you end up saying ridiculous things like this:
You mean like no on in the locker room has a problem with the new Roadmap? Methinks Mr. Scott needs to devote some money to polling, as opposed to speaking for players he clearly hasn't spoken to.
As a side note, I think it's really funny that tennis people feel free to air out dirty laundry, like it's no big deal. I mean, did Bollitieri REALLY need to tell the world that Masha, who was two years younger, scared the shit out of JJ when they were at the academy together?
Also, the pic of JJ that ESPN chose, was...not great.