The 19-year-old Serbian is one resilient tennis player — a characteristic essential to surviving the grind of the women’s pro tour.
But after losing in the quarterfinals of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jovanovski may have been a bit too eager to get back on the court.
In the immediate aftermath of her Citi Open defeat, Jovanovski entered the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad. She booked a flight to the tiny airport in New Mexico through Albuquerque and Dallas and hopped aboard her flight Sunday morning with plenty of time to arrive in advance of her first match Monday.
But when Jovanovski arrived in Carlsbad, New Mexico, there was no driver there to meet her. That’s because the Mercury Insurance Open is held in Carlsbad, California.
Matt Stevens of the Los Angeles Times has the story:
“I was waiting for 15 minutes and nobody comes,” Jovanovksi said. “And I call again, and they say they are at the airport and they are looking for you. I said I am the only person here, how can you not see me?
“At that moment, the girl asked me on the telephone, are you in Carlsbad in California or in New Mexico?”
Jovanovski finally arrived in the correct Carlsbad about 30 minutes before her first-round match. A pair of three-setters earlier in the day bumped her match back to give her time to catch her breath. She won the first set but lost the match in three to Roberta Vinci, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
So the next time you’re complaining about your crummy weekend, just remember, things could always be worse.