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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jelena Jankovic Almost Missed Match After Car Ran Out of Gas

What is it with female tennis players and bad luck?  Never would I have imagined getting to a tennis match could be so difficult for the pros, but we’ve quickly learned that they can get themselves into the same unfortunate situations we sometimes find ourselves in.  Take Jelena Jankovic for example.  The former women’s world No. 1 told reporters earlier this week that she almost missed her match in Cincinnati when her car ran out of gas.

If you recall, earlier this month Bojana Jovanovski had one of the rarest mix-ups you’ll ever hear of and almost missed her match in Carlsbad.  Jankovic explained her equally strange experience to reporters earlier this week and Busted Racquet passed the details along.

“On our way to the site, we were driving, me and my coach and my mom and my [hitting partner], and all of a sudden she was supposed to turn on the highway and then the car completely stopped,” she recalled. “Then my mom was like, ‘Oh, this car is not working.’ We were like, ‘What do you mean it’s not working?'”

“We looked, and it was zero gas inside the car. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Great. I have 20 minutes before my practice session.'”

Fortunately for Jankovic a gas station was nearby and she and her coach ran and bought a small tank to fill the car with.  What is truly interesting about her story is that Jankovic told reporters some other players passed by and looked confused when they saw what was going on.  Wait, so they didn’t stop to help? Now that’s what I call gamesmanship.

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