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Wednesday 26 June 2002

Fit birds and tennis

Anna Kournikova lost her first round match and then threw a hissy fit in a BBC interview afterwards. Should we not stop a while a give her a little slack. Is it her fault that the world has put her on a huge pedestal and demanded great things of her that she may not be capable of living up to? Anna is ranked 54th in the world. Would we question anyone else with this ranking who disappeared early?
Anna's not the one to blame for the position that she is in. It is the media and the advertising industry that have hyped her looks to the point where she is famous beyond her tennis abilities. If she wants to milk that for every penny then good on her. Wouldn't you if someone offered you 10 million?
However, she has to accept that the fame and fortune are not without a price. If she continues to milk the media machine then she has to accept a few sour pints. People are going to question why she's earning so much money when she's clearly not as good as some other players (let not say she's crap, she's ranked 54th or summat which means there are only 53 women in the whole world who are better than her). People are going to accuse her of riding on her looks not her ability. Some people are going to try to further their careers by getting a rise out of her in an interview. She just has to cope with that.
Come on the underdog!! Continuing the theme from the World Cup, Wimbledon has produced some surprise results from the early rounds. Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Marat Safin (apparently tipped for good things) all crashed out of the tournament losing to virtual unknowns. For the biggest tournament in the UK, a nation known for its support of the underdog, this provides an element of excitement and uncertainty that seems to be missing from a lot of major sporting events these days.

June 26, 2002 11:13 PM | Entertainment


Insomniac said on December 3, 2003 4:30 PM:

this article is like your cats arse. nice, but full of crap.

are you one of those chav types ?

nimrod said on May 5, 2006 1:57 PM:

tim henman is fit

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