Bojana Jovanovski, a 19-year-old female tennis pro who hails from Belgrade, Serbia, can be forgiven for not knowing American cities in great detail. We should not be the ones pointing fingers for that area of expertise, anyway. But we would expect her agent to double check the location of her tennis tournaments.
This week, Jovanovski flew out of D.C. for the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, Calif. But after making a stop in Dallas, her plane headed to Albuquerque, N.M. She was soon in Carlsbad. Carlsbad, New Mexico:
As she was waiting with her bags for tournament transport to pick her up late Sunday night, a man approached.
"What are you doing here?" the man asked. "Are you playing tennis?"
"Yeah, it's a tennis tournament," Jovanovski replied.
After waiting 15 minutes, the 19-year-old Serbian called the tournament again, wondering where her ride was. She was told the driver was looking for her.
"I am the only person here," she told them. "How can you not see me?"
"Are you in Carlsbad in California or in New Mexico?" the voice at the other end of the phone asked.
To which we can only wish she had replied, I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.
After a night in the airport, Jovanovski — who is ranked 53rd in the world — made it to the proper Carlsbad about 30 minutes before her scheduled match. She fell to Roberta Vinci in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. But not all is lost: she is more worldly now.