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Tears and tantrums from the teenage brigade (article)

Tears & tantrums from teenage brigade

By Jonathan Overend
BBC Five Live tennis correspondent in Miami




It was a case of tears and tantrums on court number six at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Sunday.

Teenage prospect Nicole Vaidisova had her every move scrutinised by a gaggle of coaches and agents as she took another step towards inevitable superstardom.

This tall 15-year old from Prague fits the part perfectly.

It won't be difficult for the salivating IMG reps, who lined the back row of the small stand, to sell their product to the sponsors or the glossies.

She's already a tournament champion - she was just 15 years, 3 months, and 23 days when she won the Vancouver title last year - and a follow-up success in Tashkent confirmed her potential.

Although she's a fine player in her own right, a closer clone of Maria Sharapova you couldn't wish to find.


NICOLE VAIDISOVA (CZE)
Birthplace: Nurnberg, Germany
Date of birth: 23/4/89
Height: 5' 11"
World ranking: 53
WTA titles: 2
Career prize money: £75,325
Win/loss record: 44/12

From the blonde pony tail and silver earrings to the pained shrugging of the shoulders and constant mumbling, the similarities are quite scary.

Her match with Ana Ivanovic, another of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's hugely promising teenage brigade, was high-quality stuff.

Ivanovic, the 17 year old from Serbia, played the more consistent tennis - her forehand is exceedingly flat and piercing - and she deserved her straight-sets win.

But enough of the quality - feel the emotion.

Watching Vaidisova is a draining experience, with enough highs and lows to last an entire night in Miami's exuberant South Beach region.

She was ranting, shrieking (but not grunting) and then, after being broken for 6-5 in the second, came the sudden tears.

Her body was shaking and her face was buried in the towel.

When she rose from her chair, her face was cherry red, and the ballboy at the net - the only person face-to-face with her during the changeover - looked visibly shocked.

Tears in tennis have flown for years but to see them during a third-round match, in such an innocuous setting as Miami's Court Six, was quite perturbing.

The motto 'winning is all that matters' is drummed into most champions but, on this occasion, Vaidisova appeared petrified of losing.

After the match, she refused to shake the umpire's hand, annoyed at an incorrect line-call in the second set tie-break, and stomped off the court.

Three hours later she was off to the beach for a photo-shoot in advance of her 16th birthday in three weeks' time.

A fine player with an enormous future but, over a few hours, this was a vivid example of how modern day sport has become business, not pleasure.


Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/spo...is/4387169.stm

Published: 2005/03/28 08:37:17 GMT

© BBC MMV
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There is really something so intense in these young crop of players now.

I think the pressure is taking a big toll of them mentally.

I just wish all players could play relax and laid back.

But hey its the drama that makes tennis such a beautiful sport, Like Soap Opera!
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From the blonde pony tail and silver earrings to the pained shrugging of the shoulders and constant mumbling, the similarities are quite scary.
Yep, the shoulder thing is something I noticed in her US Open first round match versus Justine, first time I saw her playing

However...I know that Masha likes her "I am just 17"-phrase but people really shouldn´t forget that Nicole´s just 15 and I guess everyone who´s older than 20 knows that there is a huge difference between those years. Some 15 years olds cry over bad grades in school, Nicole cries over her bad game. It´s not like her older compatriots don´t do it (and I am not only referring to Vera). People should give her a break...just because she´s blonde and young doesn´t mean she has to have a similar career to other young blondes. I bet if Ana had been the one losing and crying no one would have cared.

On the other side...poor girl

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pained shrugging of the shoulders, when does she do this, i never realized
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This girl is trying to grow up way too fast. And these IMG reps seem like sleazy corporate vultures.


On the bright side, her beach photos turned out rather nice. Can't post them here though.

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Nicole does tend to over-dramatize everything, too emotional on court.

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I'm very sad to hear this about Nic...I know that she gets down on herself very quickly but everytime I have seen her play she has been able to bounce right back and play a great point. Plus I have never seen her cry...this is a new one and I hope it doesnt become a regular thing...I hope she got a stern talking to

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Nicole does tend to over-dramatize everything, too emotional on court.

IMG they'll never stop pushing their players over the limits even it it means killing 99% off to get just the one megastar they will be happy.
so true...they will ride the Maria horse until they see the next big thing they can market...I hope its not Nicole...she is way too young for that much stress.

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She was ranting, shrieking (but not grunting) and then, after being broken for 6-5 in the second, came the sudden tears.

Her body was shaking and her face was buried in the towel.

When she rose from her chair, her face was cherry red, and the ballboy at the net - the only person face-to-face with her during the changeover - looked visibly shocked.
I must admit Vaidišová looks very cute in this photo.

A closer clone of Vera Zvonareva you couldn't wish to find!

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OMG Nicole.


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Tears & tantrums from teenage brigade

By Jonathan Overend
BBC Five Live tennis correspondent in Miami




It was a case of tears and tantrums on court number six at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Sunday.

Teenage prospect Nicole Vaidisova had her every move scrutinised by a gaggle of coaches and agents as she took another step towards inevitable superstardom.

This tall 15-year old from Prague fits the part perfectly.

It won't be difficult for the salivating IMG reps, who lined the back row of the small stand, to sell their product to the sponsors or the glossies.

She's already a tournament champion - she was just 15 years, 3 months, and 23 days when she won the Vancouver title last year - and a follow-up success in Tashkent confirmed her potential.

Although she's a fine player in her own right, a closer clone of Maria Sharapova you couldn't wish to find.


NICOLE VAIDISOVA (CZE)
Birthplace: Nurnberg, Germany
Date of birth: 23/4/89
Height: 5' 11"
World ranking: 53
WTA titles: 2
Career prize money: £75,325
Win/loss record: 44/12

From the blonde pony tail and silver earrings to the pained shrugging of the shoulders and constant mumbling, the similarities are quite scary.

Her match with Ana Ivanovic, another of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's hugely promising teenage brigade, was high-quality stuff.

Ivanovic, the 17 year old from Serbia, played the more consistent tennis - her forehand is exceedingly flat and piercing - and she deserved her straight-sets win.

But enough of the quality - feel the emotion.

Watching Vaidisova is a draining experience, with enough highs and lows to last an entire night in Miami's exuberant South Beach region.

She was ranting, shrieking (but not grunting) and then, after being broken for 6-5 in the second, came the sudden tears.

Her body was shaking and her face was buried in the towel.

When she rose from her chair, her face was cherry red, and the ballboy at the net - the only person face-to-face with her during the changeover - looked visibly shocked.

Tears in tennis have flown for years but to see them during a third-round match, in such an innocuous setting as Miami's Court Six, was quite perturbing.

The motto 'winning is all that matters' is drummed into most champions but, on this occasion, Vaidisova appeared petrified of losing.

After the match, she refused to shake the umpire's hand, annoyed at an incorrect line-call in the second set tie-break, and stomped off the court.

Three hours later she was off to the beach for a photo-shoot in advance of her 16th birthday in three weeks' time.

A fine player with an enormous future but, over a few hours, this was a vivid example of how modern day sport has become business, not pleasure.


Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/spo...is/4387169.stm

Published: 2005/03/28 08:37:17 GMT

© BBC MMV

Nicole doesn't come across like Maria here, I've never seen Maria cry on court, Nicole is seeming more like Vera................
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well. she's here for good.
even if it takes her a decade to mature - she's got two titles and some nice wins.
can't take that away from her.

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Nicole doesn't come across like Maria here, I've never seen Maria cry on court, Nicole is seeming more like Vera................
Exactly, I've never seen Maria show any sign of mental weakness on the court. That's what makes her different from some others.
Nicole is still young and actually it's ok to show the emotion but it also made people wonder about her personality.
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