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Updated: 11:00 AM EST
Tennis-Sharapova ponders her Russian Fed Cup future
By Gennady Fyodorov, Reuters

MOSCOW, April 1 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has 10 days to decide whether to join the Russian Fed Cup team, the country's tennis chief said on Friday.
"She received a firm offer to join our squad for a first round tie against Italy on April 23-24," Shamil Tarpishchev, who is also Russia's Fed Cup captain, told Reuters in an interview.

Tarpishchev had just returned from Miami where he spent several days trying to persuade the 17-year-old and her father Yuri to commit themselves to Russia's cause.

"It's basically very simply. She (Sharapova) must say yes or no before April 10 when I will announce the team," he said. "So we'll just wait and see what happens and take it from there."

He refused to be drawn on media speculation that the Florida-based Russian might reject the offer and switch her allegiance to the U.S., where she has lived since childhood.

Russian press has reported that the Siberian-born player was invited to join the U.S. Fed Cup team last year and although Sharapova denied any offer was made, questions about her future remain.

Sharapova has been in great form, beating former world number ones Venus Williams and Justine Henin-Hardene this week to reach the Nasdaq-100 final.

Victory over Belgian Kim Clijsters in Saturday's final would take Sharapova to number two in the world.

"No question, Sharapova has been our best and most consistent player so far this year and if she commits herself to playing for Russia, we definitely have a great chance of defending our Fed Cup title," Tarpishchev said.

He also said that French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and beaten finalist Elena Dementieva had already made themselves available to play against Italy.

INTERNAL SQUABBLES

On paper, Russia would have the strongest squad with possibly three grand slam champions in Myskina, Sharapova and U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dementieva joining forces.

But internal problems could spoil Russia's campaign.

Myskina led Russia to their first Fed Cup title on home soil last November, winning her two singles rubbers against defending champions France before teaming up with Vera Zvonareva in the decisive doubles to clinch a 3-2 victory.

The triumph, however, was overshadowed by squabbles in the Russian camp after Myskina accused Sharapova and her father of being disrespectful to her.

Myskina said she would not play for Russia if the Wimbledon champion was invited to join the team next year.

The two players have since publicly patched up their differences, although Tarpishchev will have a tough job moulding his temperamental charges together to make a strong team.

To make matters worse, Dementieva and Kuznetsova had a verbal spat shortly after their heated showdown in last year's U.S. Open final.

"Well, I'm not a babysitter and this is not a kindergarten," Tarpishchev said in reference to the Fed Cup team.

"We have certain rules within the team that everyone must follow. Otherwise, they're out. As for Sharapova, it's up to her to decide. The ball is clearly in her court now," he added.
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US team is crowded as well

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She should do a Pierce and either play for France or Canada.

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US team is crowded as well
Contrary to popluar belief, we can actually fill two Fed Cup squads, with or without Sharapova.
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Don't need her and don't want her on the US team.
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Contrary to popluar belief, we can actually fill two Fed Cup squads, with or without Sharapova.
We'll see what kind of squad will you fill for the tie in Moscow on indoors clay next week after Wimbledon..

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We'll see what kind of squad will you fill for the tie in Moscow on indoors clay next week after Wimbledon..

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If Maria switches nationalities ys will be heartbroken.

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If Maria switches nationalities ys will be heartbroken.
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If Maria switches nationalities ys will be heartbroken.
She's a product of America anyway. She's about as Russian as McDonalds.

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I think it's slightly rude and insulting to Myskina for the Fed Cup captain to invite Sharapova to play for their team. Myskina has done a lot for this team.

I also think that switching nationalities is not particularly repectful. Sharapova has vowed up and down a wall that she is Russian and blah and blah and how even to consider switching is deceptive and rude. I would never in my life switch my nationality. I would rather receive dual citizenship than lose my Philippine nationality. It's something I take pride in and I've always thought that with Sharapova's wanting to play Fed Cup for Russia and her constant defence of her being Russian that being Russian is something she took pride in as well. I hope that this is nothing but a rumor.
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Sharapova is very proud to be Russian, she won't be changing. Also this year the Russians need her, she's had an awesome year.

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I'm not so sure ys would be heartbroken harloo. Afterall Masha is a Russian citizen living in America just like he is. It's going around.

And how mnay times does Masha have to say she's staying a Russian citizen and wants to play Fed Cup for Russia?

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He refused to be drawn on media speculation that the Florida-based Russian might reject the offer and switch her allegiance to the U.S., where she has lived since childhood.

Russian press has reported that the Siberian-born player was invited to join the U.S. Fed Cup team last year and although Sharapova denied any offer was made, questions about her future remain.
Maria has stated many times that she'd love to represent Russia. There is no way in hell she'd even consider playing for the U.S.
She's just stalling her decision at the moment because she is carrying an injury and is in need of some rest.

"media speculation" i used to think that Rugby media were shit, but Tennis media make them look good!
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