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LeSport Magazine

LeSport Magazine

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front of book
3 the gurus
The state of American women’s tennis
5 the stuff 
Rugby’s hottest new gear
7 the kick
The possible exodus of Freddy Adu
9 the ace
Centre Court’s extreme makeover
11 the chill
X-games athletes in the Olympics
13 the splash
Ian Thorpe prepares for Beijing
contents
lesport magazine 
march 2008
features
15 welcome16 culture clash?
Dubai’s sports scene is booming, but is it compromising its values inthe process?
 By Joannie Tims
20 tennis teaser
Serbian star Novak Djokovic has wowed crowds with his talent andhis charm.
 By Tim Akins
24 cyclical concerns
 A dark cloud of steroids looms over the Tour de France, but how isthe cycling world really coping?
 By Daniel Martinez 
back of book
29 the hot spots
British Columbia’s must-see spots
31 the wire32 the lens
Cricket in India
On the cover:
Novak Djokovic reacts during a match at the2007 Australian Open.
 Photo by Jamelle Johanssen.
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Le 
SPORT 
EDITORIAL
Editor-in-chief GRAHAM SCHROEDER  Associate Editor  ALEX JOHNSONE-Editor MARCIA PRICE Assistant Editor LORI WINTHROPCopyeditor LORI WINTHROP
BUSINESS & PRODUCTION
Publisher CHRISTOPHER HORN Advertising Director DANIELLE MCMICHAEL Circulation Director  ANDY JACOBSProduction Manager GREG SHEPHERD Art Director  ALABASTER PETERS Advertising Director  TIMOTHY NEWMAN
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NOTICE:The information found in
LeSport Magazine 
is writtenby sports experts, but not by doctors. Check with your doctor before doing any exercises, taking anysupplements or starting a new sport. If you intendon traveling, make sure you are cautious of yoursurroundings.
LeSport Magazine 
is not responsible for anymishaps, injuries or losses because of its content.
LeSport 
Readers,
The first time I saw Novak Djokovic play tennis was in themen’s final at last year’s U.S. Open. His impeccable talent might havecaught my eye, but his charisma and knack for making me laughcaught my heart. Djokovic went on to lose to the perennially dominantand top-ranked Roger Federer, but avenged the loss in the semifinalsof this year’s Australian Open, en route to his first major championship.Read the story “A Joke with Djokovic” to get an inside scoopon his goofy theatrics, locker-room friendships and unconventionaltraining methods.Also, as the Tour de France approaches,
LeSport 
wanted toget an update on the current anti-doping investigations that the Frenchgovernment and the international cycling community are trying tocleanse the sport of steroids.And to round out this month’s features, Joannie Tims writesan excellent story on the recent economic boom that is taking overDubai, particularly the city’s sports scene. As globalization increases,Dubai has successfully become a major hot spot for the internationalelite, but not at the expense of its Islamic heritage.After I left Arthur Ashe stadium, I realized that I had justwitnessed the inevitable predecessor of Roger Federer. I smiled as abuddy and I walked to our cars and started reliving the hysteria of Djokovic’s flawless impersonation of Maria Sharapova’s serve warm-up.“This boy really has it,” I thought. He sure does.
Thanks for your continued support,Graham SchroederEditor-in-chief 
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LeSport Magazine 
MARCH 2008
 
the
[gurus]
 American Aces
Mary Carillo
analyzes the state of women’s tennis and says there’s hope inthe resurgence of the Williams sisters and Lindsay Davenport’s comeback.
Three-time major champion Lindsay Davenport isconsidering a comeback after being off the pro tour since
the end of last year while awaiting the birth of her rst child.
“I hope so,” she said Tuesday on a conference call
from her Laguna Beach home. “I haven’t made any nal
decisions. It’s a small goal I’m working towards.”A comeback is alluring in part because Davenport wouldlike to play in next year’s Beijing Olympics. She won a goldmedal in singles at the 1996 Atlanta Games.“The thing that intrigues me is the Olympics and trying togo back as a mother,” she said.Davenport gave birth via Caesarean section to sonJagger on June 10 — two days after her 31st birthday.
She’ her rst match since the last September on
Saturday night as a member of the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis.“I’m feeling great. All of a sudden, things have healedreally quickly,” she said. “It’s been so much fun preparing.I’ve been hitting with my husband.”Davenport will play doubles with Elena Likhovtseva andmixed doubles with Mark Knowles against the NewportBeach Breakers. Also on the Capitals, coached by WayneBryan, are Sam Warburg and Michelle Larcher de Brito.The match in Sacramento will be Davenport’s onlyappearance because the league’s regular season ends July25.“I looked at it as really a kind of fun challenge,” she said.“To see if I could come back so quickly and give me a kickin the pants and see if I could be active.”
Her son was born three weeks early due to unspecied
complications, although he is healthy. She said Jagger’sname “has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones”; she andhusband Jonathan Leach just wanted an unusual name.Davenport plans to bring her son, husband, nanny andother family members to Sacramento.“I’m hoping he’ll bring me even more joy on the roadand more fun,” she said. “The challenge for me is aboutbalancing everything. I totally understand the workingmom’s guilt. If I go practice, I feel bad.”Davenport said her husband supports a possiblecomeback. “He thinks it’s great,” she said. “He’s totallyencouraging me to do whatever I want.”Davenport, the world’s former No. 1 player, doesn’tforesee her son on the pro tennis tour. Her father-in-law isformer Southern California tennis coach Dick Leach and her brother-in-law Rick played on the ATP Tour.“It’s probably in his best interest to not follow the tennisgene,” she said. “Hopefully, he’ll be involved in some kindof sports.” or a fun challenge,” she said. “To see if I couldcome back so quickly and give me a kick in the pants andsee if I could be active.”
Her son was born three weeks early due to unspecied
complications, although he is healthy. She said Jagger’sname “has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones”; she andhusband Jonathan Leach just wanted an unusual name.Davenport plans to bring her son, husband, nanny andother family members to Sacramento.“I’m hoping he’ll bring me even more joy on the roadand more fun,” she said. “The challenge for me is aboutbalancing everything. I totally understand the workingmom’s guilt. If I go practice, I feel bad.”Davenport said her husband supports a possiblecomeback.“He thinks it’s great,” she said. “He’s totally encouragingme to do whatever I want.”Davenport, the world’s former No. 1 player, doesn’tforesee her son on the pro tennis tour. Her father-in-law isformer Southern California tennis coach Dick Leach and her brother-in-law Rick played on the ATP Tour. Davenport saidher husband supports a possible comeback.“It’s probably in his best interest to not follow the tennisgene,” she said. “Hopefully, he’ll be involved in some kindof sports.”Davenport, the world’s former No. 1 player, doesn’tforesee her son on the pro tennis tour. Her ”I hope so,” shesaid Tuesday on a conference call from her Laguna Beach
home. “I haven’t made any nal decisions. It’s a small goal
MARCH 2008
LeSport Magazine 
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American womendominated the gamein the early 2000s.They hope to repeattheir past success in2008.
Photos from theUSTA.

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