City News ServiceCarlsbad, N.M., might have famous underground caverns, but it does not host the Mercury Insurance Open tennis tournament like Carlsbad, Calif., does, as one Serbian player unhappily discovered, a
tournament official said Tuesday.
An apparently confused travel agent in Serbia booked a flight for Bojana Jovanovski from Washington, D.C., to the wrong Carlsbad, according to the tournament’s J. Fred Sidhu. Previous reports that her sports agent booked the flight were incorrect, he said.
Sidhu said an assistant in the tournament transportation office took a call Sunday from the 19-year-old player, who wondered where her ride was. Meanwhile, her driver was at the airport wondering where to find the world’s 53rd-ranked women’s singles player.
Jovanovski asked a pilot standing nearby for help and determined she was in the wrong Carlsbad, Sidhu said.
Tournament officials were able to get her to Albuquerque and then to the correct Carlsbad on Monday, when she arrived shortly before taking the court for her first-round match at La Costa Resort & Spa.
Whether she was tired from the extra travel or not, she lost to Sicily’s Roberta Vinci, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
She reportedly plans to remain in the right Carlsbad for a couple of days to practice before going to the next Women’s Tennis Association event in Toronto.