View Full Version : Your Questions For World #1  Lisa Raymond

03-05-2007, 12:08 PM
TAT is pleased to announce our latest "get" for a TAT ProChat.

And this one is, we think, a biggie.

Our newest addition to ProChat is the #1 Womens Doubles Player in the World, LISA RAYMOND


TAT wishes to thank Lisa for agreeing to participate, and her representatives at Octagon for coordinating this Q&A.

Please list your questions for Lisa in this thread. As with all ProChats, we'll leave the thread open for 1 week, and then submit the 10 best questions to Lisa.

Brief Summary of Lisa's career:

Singles 4

Doubles 61 - including a Career Grand Slam, 5 Womens doubles slam titles in all, and 3 YEC Doubles titles

Mixed doubles 4 - 2 USO, 1 RG, 1 Wimbledon

Profile from Lisa's website: http://www.infonegocio.com/lraymond/profile.htm

Profile from WTA Website:

03-05-2007, 12:11 PM
This is amazing Moose, well done!


03-05-2007, 12:12 PM
AWESOME get. Working on my questions now.

03-05-2007, 12:13 PM
And I'll be first in with questions too.

Which of your many GS titles meant the most to you?

You've had many doubles partners over the years, if you had to pick one to play with again, who would it be??

03-05-2007, 12:26 PM
What do you like the most about being part of a doubles team?

What would you say would be your biggest win in singles and doubles?


03-05-2007, 12:38 PM
Please tell us all the juicy details about your lunch meeting with Mary Carillo last year at Wimbledon.


03-05-2007, 01:13 PM
1) So much is made of your prowess as a doubles player (and it should be), but you were once ranked as high as #15 in the world in singles and have enjoyed some extraordinary singles wins in your career... Among them, Jennifer Capriati, Amanda Coetzer, Mary Jo Fernandez, Zina Garrison, Martina Hingis, Anke Huber, Conchita Martinez, Jana Novotna, Nadia Petrova, Mary Pierce, Chanda Rubin, Dinara Safina, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Monica Seles, and Venus Williams--just to name a few.

Is there one win in particular over a top player that, looking back on your long career, you savor more than all the others?

[P.S.--The above is kind of an expansion of Jeanne's question.]

2) The women's tennis environment has evolved dramatically since when you first came on the tour. (Just as a side note, do you remember that you are 2-0 against Pam Shriver? What does that say about the span of your career???) You were there during the days that Seles and Graf dominated women's tennis, when Martina Hingis came on the scene, when the Williams sisters dominated, the advent of the Belgians, and now a day when virtually every Grand Slam event on the women's side is up for grabs. From your perspective, and given your long experience on the tour, in what ways has the landscape changed the most? What are the biggest differences today compared to when you first arrived on tour?

3) How do you feel about the "single-ization" of doubles? It seems more and more doubles players are staying back at the baseline during points and only coming in to retreive the short ball. Traditional doubles seems to be quickly becoming a thing of the past. What is your reaction to this "single-ization of doubles?


03-05-2007, 01:36 PM
All the great partnerships you've had have one thing in common - you. Besides talent, what else do you think you bring, perhaps emotionally, that has you hoisting so many trophies with so many different women?

Seeing you on Center Court on TTC, you spoke of being considered 'that player with so much potential.' After nailing all four slams in doubles (and snatching last year's Hopman Cup to boot), can you finally be 'that player who kicked all that ass?'

Sam's top 30 in singles and climbing. How do you balance your singles careers with your doubles schedule?

03-05-2007, 05:21 PM
In your expert opinion, who is the best doubles player of all time (man and/or woman)? And feel free to name yourself :)

03-05-2007, 06:12 PM
Thanks for answering our questions, Lisa.

How do you go about setting your goals for a season?

Do you have any career goals left that you're dying to achieve before the dreaded "R" word?

Have a great year!

03-05-2007, 06:13 PM
In your expert opinion, who is the best doubles player of all time (man and/or woman)? And feel free to name yourself :)

Piggy backing on this question, which teams do you believe are the best of all time, men's women's, mixed.

Who were your favorite players growing up in singles and in doubles?

03-05-2007, 11:57 PM
Do you see yourself playing for a long time like Martina Navratilova? Or do you have any thoughts on how much longer you will be playing?? Thanks!

03-06-2007, 12:36 PM
You are one of the last greats to have focused on NCAA play rather than the tour (and GO GATORS!). Do you think more players should consider college and NCAA play? And how did going that route help you as a professional.

03-07-2007, 08:09 AM
bumping this up with a reminder that questions for Lisa will be due by next Monday, March 12

03-07-2007, 09:56 AM
You've traveled everywhere imaginable. How does the Main Line stack up to the competition?
(question from Villanova Alum who really, really misses that area ;D)

Please tell us about some of your favorite places that your career has taken you?

03-09-2007, 09:45 AM
2nd bump. We'd like to have all our questions in by Monday, so we can get them to Lisa next week.

03-11-2007, 04:12 AM
What is it like to become a Hall of Famer (University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame) while still very much an active, successful player, albeit on a different circuit?

While still at the very top of the doubles competition, your career as a singles player would seem to be winding down. Will you continue to play singles on the main tour, perhaps drop singles and focus on doubles competely sometime in the future, or play a few more ITF singles tournaments to stay in touch with that part of your game?

03-12-2007, 04:38 AM
I've always enjoyed watching women's doubles even more than women's singles. However, it's hard to see them if you are not at the tournament. You discussed in your new SI blog how the ATP has begun promoting men's doubles. Is there any similar plan being contemplated by the WTA? If you had the reigns, what would you do to increase coverage and popularity of doubles?

Is the SI blog just something on the side, or are you prepping yourself for a future career?

03-12-2007, 05:30 AM
I really enjoyed watching your Women's Final victory at Roland Garros last year with Sam Stosur. Do you play differently on clay or just "play your game"?

We're you disappointed in the amount of people watching the final?
And does a large crowd get your adrenalin going?

Is Sam Stosur the biggest server you have played with?
If so, how does that affect your strategy during the match?

Thank Lisa

03-12-2007, 08:12 AM
Can you describe early days on the tour when you went from "Lisa Raymond's Tanning Hour" in college to 3 Hour single matches; a Capraiti match comes to mind, plus doubles?

03-14-2007, 09:02 AM
gonna bump this, and leave it open for one more day.

We'll be closing this for questions tomorrow, and getting your questions to Lisa this weekend.
So if you have anything you want to ask, please post it by noon tomorrow.

03-14-2007, 09:14 AM
Lots of players these days seem to struggle with the decision to either go to college or immediately turn pro. How hard of a transition was it for you to go from college action to professional tennis?

03-14-2007, 12:48 PM
I don't think this has been asked already. I apologize if it has.

What has the game of tennis taught you about life?


07-12-2007, 07:43 AM
Who is your dream doubles partner and mixed-doubles partner from any era of tennis?

How do doubles teams get together and stay together? Can you describe that behind-the-scenes dynamic on the tour? Does a player have her people talk to another player's people? Does a player ever approach someone to play if they don't have a relationship with that person? Is there any drama surrounding partnership, and is there any kind of "partner stealing" rumblings and jostlings?