So Anna Kournikova is thinking about making a comeback.
Presumably that means she’s picking out some of the hottest skirts she can find, hiring a personal makeup artist, shopping for jewelry, getting her hair done and toning those areas that need extra toning.
It certainly doesn’t mean that she’s preparing to reclaim her rightful place atop the women’s tennis rankings and take a stab at a Grand Slam.
Kournikova is 24 years old. She hasn’t played professional tennis since 2003 because of back problems. She said in Brazil last weekend that she isn’t currently planning a return to the tour, but she’s leaving open the possibility.
Personally, I think it’s a great idea. She should return to tennis because just having her posing on a wall calendar or a poster just isn’t enough. She should return because it will be easier on men’s necks; instead of looking back and forth with each volley, they can fixate on one side of the net.
But if she’s hoping to achieve that elusive goal of winning a tournament, she should stay away. The field in women’s tennis hasn’t gotten weaker, and likely she hasn’t gotten any better during her layoff.
If she misses all the attention that comes with playing on the women’s tour, maybe she needs to look at the big picture. She’ll always be able to attract attention. That’s just a hunch.