Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Family, success on court link coaches


Tourney notebook

By Neil Schmidt
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - Brothers-in-law Craig Boynton and Kelly Jones both left Cincinnati in the past year, but they're back this week with successful proteges.

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Jones and the player he coaches, Mardy Fish, became one of the big stories of the 2003 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. The week Jones was packing for his move to Tampa, Fla., Fish reached his first ATP Masters Series final, propelling his rise into the top 20.

Now it's Boynton's turn. Jim Courier's former coach, who "retired" in 1996 to work as a teaching pro in Cincinnati, returned to the coaching business last summer and began working with Jeff Morrison in May.

Morrison, a 25-year-old from Huntington, W.Va., beat Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (3), 6-2 Monday in the first round. Ranked No. 200 on this date last year, Morrison is up to No. 91 and could eclipse his career high of 81st (August 2002) by next week.

"As long as he's improving, the results will take care of themselves," Boynton said. "He hasn't had a match lately where he wasn't competitive."

Morrison, who missed five months last year with a torn stomach muscle and eight weeks this year with a herniated disk, got healthy and had a great July. He reached the quarterfinals at Newport and the semis at Los Angeles, and won a match at Indianapolis.

"I've fought my way back into the top 100, and there's a sense of pride, feeling I belong there," Morrison said.

Boynton married Teri Whitlinger and Jones married Teri's sister, Tami. The Boyntons also moved to Tampa and are living with the Joneses while they sell their house here.

SPADEA WILTS: Vince Spadea was in his eighth year at this tourney, so the heat and humidity needed no introduction. But he said they were more potent Tuesday than ever, leading him to retire with heat exhaustion from his match with Hicham Arazi.

He trailed 6-7 (3), 7-5, 5-3 at the time, after two hours, 35 minutes.

"I've never felt so exhausted," Spadea said. "My head felt so hot, I thought I was going to drop. I'm surprised I won any games at all in the third set."

Spadea said his fitness wasn't up to par, as he had missed some time recently with a back injury.

The 30-year-old American nonetheless is enjoying a career renaissance. After peaking at No. 19 in 1999 and dropping to No. 229 a year later, he has worked himself back up to No. 20.

"I've been playing well," he said. "It's disappointing (to retire), because I usually play well here."

FEDERER TO HOUSTON: Not that there was any suspense about Roger Federer qualifying for the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. But when it was announced Tuesday that he had, it marked the earliest a player has ever qualified for the year-end championship.

The first announced players last year, Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero, came in September during the U.S. Open.

Eight players will qualify for the event.

GET FAMILIAR: In the oddity of the day, Fabrice Santoro will face Mikhail Youzhny twice today. After an early singles match, Santoro will team with Michael Llodra and Youzhny with Rainer Schuettler to face off in doubles.

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E-mail nschmidt@enquirer.com




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