Serbian media are reporting that Ana Ivanovic does not want to represent her country in the Fed Cup any more, stating that whether she plays or not, she always faces criticism and negative reactions. Serbian Tennis Federation, on the other hand, denies that Ana said goodbye to the team due to bad media treatment, however, they are not denying that it is over, praising Ana’s previous contributions to Serbian sport and the national team.
At first I thought that this couldn’t be real, that Ana will only skip the upcoming tie against Belgium on April 16-17 in the World Group II play-offs, but the more I’m reading about it, the more I realize that Ana is leaving the team for good. Serbian Tennis Federation said that Ana informed them about her decision in a letter, but she supposedly also said that she didn’t understand why her decision was provoking malicious comments in the media.
I only don’t get it why Ana said nothing on her Twitter or some other social networking platform. An honest statement there would have cut down on media speculations and negatively-oriented analyses. This way it all seems awkward, plus, in February 2016 when Ana didn’t play against Spain, Serbian team captain Tatjana Jecmenica said that Ana had practically invited herself to play against Paraguay in 2015, while the tie against Spain was not appealing to the former world No.1, as she had already qualified for the Olympics.
The last match Ana played in the Fed Cup was a win over Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay in April 2015 in Novi Sad, Serbia. The 2008 French Open champion is reported to be getting married on June 5th and we can now assume that the 2016 Rio Olympics will be her last, right?
The 29-year-old has a 20-9 win-loss record in Fed Cup action, 17/7 in singles and 3/2 in doubles.