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maria and andy on court together, love or set up?

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 -- Desperate to give disappointed ticket holders at least a semblance of entertainment Saturday at the U.S. Open, where rain washed out every match on the schedule, tournament officials asked Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick if they would hit with their respective practice partners at Arthur Ashe Stadium during a 20-minute break in the weather.

The megawatt blonds agreed. And even though scarcely a meaningful glance was exchanged between them as they slammed serves and forehands to opposite corners of the court, it was hard not to view the session as the "coming out" of the game's most glamorous players as a couple.


Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova share a practice court on Saturday, but interact little and continue to deny any romantic relationship exists.

Roddick and Sharapova have been peppered with questions about whether they're romantically involved since the U.S. Open began last week.

The 19-year-old Sharapova has flatly declined to discuss her personal life in news conferences, adopting the sourpuss expression she flaunts in her latest Nike commercial, in which she strides from her Manhattan hotel to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a host of New Yorkers serenade her with, "I Feel Pretty."

Roddick, 24, has deflected suggestions of a liaison more directly.

"We're not dating," he said last week. "I've said it a million times already, but you guys refuse to write it. Mmm, you know, we're friendly. We're in the same places. I think she's a great girl. You know, we'll talk. But that's about it."

But their joint appearance had the stadium abuzz. The tournament's credentialed photographers rushed to the sideline to document the session; simply getting Sharapova and Roddick in the same frame has been a challenge to date. And fans slipped out digital cameras of their own as the two did what amounted to an on-court tango without ever touching.

The only interaction between them came when Sharapova hit a serve wide into Roddick's half of the court, instead of her hitting partner's service box, and Roddick returned it.

Still, hints of something deeper were in the air. A self-confessed fashionista who pays particular attention to her outfits, Sharapova wore a T-shirt atop her black training pants that read, "Love Is in the Air." Over the stadium's speakers, the song "Dirty Little Secret" blared. And while Roddick's form was monitored by his new coach, Jimmy Connors, Sharapova's strokes were watched even more closely by her father, Yuri.

interesting article and its funny i can see the organisers trying to get them together and they even put on dirthy little secret the song! and for the record marias been wearing this t shirt all the week!

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they we're asked to hit together for entertainment???
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yeh it was a set up it looks like maria and andy might have perposly not looked at each other as they thought it was a joke! i dunno lol it is typical by the usta though!

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I bet their ultimate intention is to get Jimmy Connors dating Yuri.
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I bet their ultimate intention is to get Jimmy Connors dating Yuri.
taht would be fun.

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yeh it was a set up it looks like maria and andy might have perposly not looked at each other as they thought it was a joke! i dunno lol it is typical by the usta though!
It's completely normal that players who play on Ashe that day (or on any court) practise on that same court prior to the match. It's also completely normal that players share a court when the conditions are not good.
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It's no coincidence that the two most over-hyped, over-rated tennis players of all time would also be forced into a false romance by those pathetic and shameless organizers. After all, most everything about them is a sham. Most of their on and off court success is set up in order to keep their hype-machines running. Nothing is random, not even their draws.

The people behind their hype-machines can't seem to just let them be, let them be their own persons, let them be popular naturally and gradually on their own merits. They are going to keep forcing them down people's throats until most people finally see them for what they really are and start to regurgitate them.
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I knew the media wouldn't stop... now that Andy's denial is made moot, I guess we'll never see the end of this
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It's no coincidence that the two most over-hyped, over-rated tennis players of all time would also be forced into a false romance by those pathetic and shameless organizers. After all, most everything about them is a sham. Most of their on and off court success is set up in order to keep their hype-machines running. Nothing is random, not even their draws.

The people behind their hype-machines can't seem to just let them be, let them be their own persons, let them be popular naturally and gradually on their own merits. They are going to keep forcing them down people's throats until most people finally see them for what they really are and start to regurgitate them.
i agree with most of the stuff you said, but surely there draws are random like everyone elses?
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