Maybe Mirka works for the Ivanovic camp too:
Ana Ivanovic is generally ebullient and outgoing in public, but she and her camp tend to be guarded about certain things, such as who gets to speak for them. Her new interim arrangement with coach Craig Kardon is no exception. After finishing a hitting session with the Serbian star before last week's Billie Jean King Cup exhibition at Madison Square Garden, which pitted Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic against the Williams sisters, Kardon politely declined interview requests and said he had been asked not to comment until and unless he is formally hired.
Ivanovic has had a strong long-term working relationship with physical trainer Scott Byrnes but has long resisted the idea of taking on a full-time traveling coach, preferring to work part time with the savvy, genial Sven Groeneveld, whose services are available to all athletes under contract with Adidas -- except when they face another player in the Adidas stable. (Ivanovic will not work with Groeneveld while Kardon coaches her.) To her credit, Ivanovic realizes it's time to make a change. She has won only one tournament (Linz, Austria) since her breakthrough Grand Slam title at last year's French Open and admitted her confidence suffered during an injury-marred second half of 2008.
Kardon's lengthy trial period began in mid-February and will last through two of the year's most important hard-court tournaments -- Indian Wells, where Ivanovic is the defending champion, and Miami. The 47-year-old former pro made his name as a very young coach starting in the late '80s, served as a development coach for the U.S. Tennis Association and has helped guide some stellar talent, including Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati.
Another former charge, doubles specialist Lisa Raymond, still plays for Kardon every July on World TeamTennis' Philadelphia Freedom and considers him a friend. "Experience is one of the main things he brings to the table, having worked with so many top players in the past,'' Raymond said in an e-mail. "He is a hard worker, a good player and pushes you. I hope for him it works out.''
I really hope this thing with Coach Craig works out. It would really suck if she went into RG without a coach. Who else is going to keep all the important information from her?
First round matches started in IW and today better not have been foreshadowing things to come. Too many Forty Deuce faves bit the dust today. Not good.
Snot Rocket lost to CraybASS in straight sets, AKO lost in three, U-Rad beat the Burrito in 3. That's a whole lot of bummer right there.
Still a few matches to play but here are the scores so far:
Li Na (CHN) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 64
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 61
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 64 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 36 61 63
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 76(4) 75
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 26 63 61
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 63 60
Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) d. (WC) Michaella Krajicek (NED) 63 64
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 62 63
Jill Craybas (USA) d. (WC) Jelena Dokic (AUS) 64 62
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 62
(WC) Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 46 62 64
(WC) Alexa Glatch (USA) d. (Q) Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 62
Here's what Fed had to say about his recent breakup:
Aw, it's ok Fed. You'll always have Yok...i mean Mirka by your side.
Also, does anyone else automatically think Luthi's a horrible person because his name sounds like Slitherin? Just me? Ok.
That's kinda lame on Cahill's part. I mean, did he not realize what the commitment would entail? Did he expect Fed to come train in Vegas the whole time (though the thought of Mirka in Vegas is making me snicker)?
Why entertain the notion when you know it'll lead nowhere? Then again, I've had relationships that ignore that very premise. Sometimes it's just nice to be courted, even if it is by the captain of the tennis team.
UPDATED: Pete Bodo's take.
Melanie Oudin gets a write up in the NY Times. Good for her.
Larry Scott gives his side of the story behind what happened in Dubai last month.
To all the Forty Deucers heading to IW: If you're interested, shoot me an email and perhaps I can coordinate an onsite meetup, though I have a feeling we'll all be hanging out around Ana's practice court anyway. A round of Bud Lights on me.
What, they couldn't get Blah to round it out? Grrr.
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
K Bondarenko (UKR) vs S Peer (ISR) - WTA
[Q] S Dubois (CAN) vs [WC] A Glatch (USA) - WTA
[WC] J Dokic (AUS) vs J Craybas (USA) - WTA
N Vaidisova (CZE) vs [WC] M Krajicek (NED) - WTA
STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[2 ATP Qualifying Matches]
N Li (CHN) vs T Tanasugarn (THA) - WTA
V Razzano (FRA) vs [Q] E Rodina (RUS) - WTA
P Kvitova (CZE) vs P Parmentier (FRA) - WTA
STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
E Makarova (RUS) vs N Dechy (FRA) - WTA
S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs  K Peschke (CZE) / L Raymond (USA) - WTA
[Q] M Larcherde Brito (POR) vs [WC] U Radwanska (POL) - WTA
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[ATP Qualifying Match]
A Keothavong (GBR) vs O Govortsova (BLR) - WTA
A Amanmuradova (UZB) / V King (USA) vs V Azarenka (BLR) / V Zvonareva (RUS) - WTA
COURT 5 start 11:00 am
M Niculescu (ROU) vs A Groenefeld (GER) - WTA
T Pironkova (BUL) vs M Erakovic (NZL) - WTA
S Arvidsson (SWE) vs T Bacsinszky (SUI) - WTA
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [Q] Y Shvedova (KAZ) - WTA
COURT 6 start 11:00 am
[ATP Qualifying Match]
S Lisicki (GER) vs E Vesnina (RUS) - WTA
 N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs A Radwanska (POL) / A Szavay (HUN) - WTA
[Q] V Ruano Pascual (ESP) vs Y Chan (TPE) - WTA
Pretty balanced, though I'm bummed that Gilly, Ernie, and Jo, are all in the same 1/8th.
Up top you got Rafa and Elf anchoring their quarter. Rafa's got a pretty easy road until the fourth round where he could play either Big Berd or Nalby (yikes!). Elf will have to go through Gael or Marat to get to Rafa. Here's hoping Marat wins his first match and sticks around for the third round. A Gael/Marat match would be fun. I could see Gael driving him mad.
The other side of the top half is anchored by Nole and Andy. Will we see a AO rematch under the hot desert sun? I sure hope not. A Rod's got a pretty easy road to the quarters but he'll have to deal with a somewhat resurgent Daveed to get there. Nole on the other hand has some potentially dangerous spoilers in the likes of Stan, Haas, Sam, and Radek. I'd be particularly worried about Stan and Radek, who are coming off pretty solid Davis Cup performances.
On the bottom half we see one quarter anchored by Roger and Kolya. Kolya's coming off a long bout with injury so who knows what his form is like. That opens up that 1/8th quite nicely for Fer, who is also coming off injury but has been working with Andre, Killer, and Gil in Vegas. If he can get past Reeshie, he'll book a date with KillerFed in the quarters.
The other quarter is the quarter of bloodshed. All these guys are going to have to scratch and claw to get to the quarters where they'll run out of gas. A still-viral-but-feeling-better Muzz anchors that quarter with Gilly. Muzz will have to get through Tuxedo to get to the quarters. Gilly and Jo will have to battle it out to get the quarters and they'll have to survive some possible spoilers with Rendy Lu, Pico, Ernie, MAncic, and Igor.
All in all, this will be a fun on with a lot of good matches everyday.
Interesting write up by Pete Bodo on Fed, Davis Cup, and whether Killer's is the answer.
Surprising to hear the about the slight downtick in Fed support back home in Switzerland. I would think he's like Tiger. They can do no wrong.
Last year at IW, Dani's coach was from the Sanchez-Casal Academy. He was this awesomely short, mustachioed Spanish guy who drilled her for hours on end (ew! Not like that!). She had great results with him though, getting to the AO semis and the IW quarters.
Looks like little Spanish dude is gone. This is Thomas Hogstedt of Sweden, working with Dani today at IW. Nice to see her change it up, though. Good luck, Dani!
Seriously, what is her deal? I almost fell out of my chair. Also, only in a WTA player video will you hear someone say their all-time favorite musicians are U2 on one hand and Pink on the other.
And yes, I think Kaia Kanepi I could totally be friends.
Let's face it, I'm only tracking the doubles because Masha's playing. But there are some fun teams. Dani's back with Ai, Vika and Bepa, A-Rad and Szavay, Kuz and Momo, Boots and Tranny, and MaKiri and Flavs. Fun!
Apparently if I post a picture of Fer I HAVE to post a picture of Ana or else all the guys start getting confused because they're forced to look at Fer and they start to discover deep seated truths about themselves. Just go with it, boys.
So fine. Here are additional pictures from her Adidas Me, Myself campaign. You'll to forgive the weird floating "i".
The top half seems loaded with potential upsets. Dinara's quarter has Snot Rocket lurking, and Mono (who just won a title in Monterrey this past week) and Vika. I would love to see a Dina/Vika matchup in the quarters. All I know is Dina better not complain of being tired during this tournament.
The other side of the top half is anchored by Bepa and Kuz (so really, just Bepa). But Boots, Momo, CSN, and Na Li are all lurking on that side, too. I'd be pretty shocked if Bepa didn't come out of this quarter though.
In the bottom half, Ana has the most straightforward road to the quarters. No flat hitters to boot her off the court, though Flavs can always be tricky. Unfortunately the fun ends there because lurking on the other side of her quarter are Lena and Zheng Jie, two forms of Baby E Kryptonite. I'd like to see a match between Lena and Zheng. They play pretty similar games, though Zheng hits flatter. Hard not bet against history here though. I pick Lena out of this quarter.
Lastly you have the quarter anchored by JJ and her BFF, A-Rad. A-Rad's section is the Battle of the Babies, with the Cone and Szavay there. But Tranny, Sam, and Lucie are there to bring some veteran flair to the table. I think we'll have a surprise come out of this section. I'm actually going to go with the Cone here, assuming she's put her horrible start of the season behind her.
The other half of this quarter is anchored by JJ and Domi. Here I'm curious to see a JJ/Kleybs match, but only if Kleybs can bring the game that she brought in Melbourne. Otherwise, forget it. Either way, I'll take JJ out of this section.
Man, it's such a crapshoot right now. I'm not sure who I'd pick for this tournament. So I'm going to reserve judgment until I get to see them play a round or two.
From Andy Murray's Twitter feed:
Nice! Snot Rocket, Sania, and Melanie Oudin were granted main draw wildcards for Indian Wells. I hope I'll get to see Snot and Sania. I want to hear Snot and see Sania's awesome off-hand action in person. And then I can just giggle to myself.
Vania King, Alexa Glatch, Michaella Krajicek, Urszula Radwanska, and Alja Tomljanovic were also granted WCs.