Should tennis players follow local tradition even if it is against their regiment, custom or even religion? Of course not.
news comment by "thorns around the rose" today on CTV's website.
Comment by: thorns around the rose
Harper has helped the CANADIAN arts!
I'm not well informed on this issue, but I am
certain Torontonians are glad they received funding
from the Harper government for the Toronto
International Film Festival, TIFF.
TIFF is the festival that showcases the medium in
which Canadians favour most- film. It is open to
What if a certain arts community, company or person
received all the money needed and his or her movie
flopped, would the Canadian government that issued
them an arts grant be at fault? Or, what if the
artist humiliates the Canadian culture with their
film at the expense of Canadian tax dollars, what
would be the election issue then?
Since Harper has assisted the TIFF, as an arts
initiative, others could learn from that example if
they have the artistic talent, if not, they can
seek funding from their province. Long live the
province of Quebec funding for the arts![and not
forcing a tennis champion to drink champaign after
her championship victory disguised as a cultural
tradition of Montreal!]
Anyone know if Safina had to follow Montreal
tradition this summer?
News update: Quebec artists will be protesting
tonight at Club Soda in Montreal.
I thought Thorns Around The Rose’s comment was a little farfetched but then I
found this 2006 Diary Entry
on Ana's website:
This is an unbelievable reward / August 22, 2006
I am in New York already! It feels great to be the
winner of this big tournament. This is definitely
the biggest moment in my career so far. I’m really,
really happy. I think Montreal will always be a
special place for me.
When I won, I didn’t know how to react. It wasn’t
like the match against Srebotnik, where I was
jumping up and down. I was really happy with the
way I played and felt good on the court.
The first thing after the match I went to see my
mum and David. But then she had to rush back to the
hotel to pack. Actually, we almost missed our
After that I had a quick shower, then I did press,
then there is a tradition in Montreal where the
tournament staff drink champagne with the winner.
So I opened the bottle and had a little drink to
celebrate with them!
I have to say I am a little bit surprised by how
quickly I have improved since I started working
with my new team. A lot of it has to do with
confidence. I feel that every part of my game has
got stronger with the help of David and Scott.
This is an unbelievable reward for me. I put in a
lot of hard work but I didn’t expect this so fast.
I’m just happy that it came and it’s a big
motivation for me to keep this level and even
I didn’t know that I had won the US Open Series
until after the match. I wasn’t thinking about it
at all. It was a real surprise for me and I am
happy about this also.
Each tournament I played in America, I played
better and better, especially this week. I think I
played some good tennis so I probably deserved to
win it. It makes me even more excited about the US
I won’t practice tennis tomorrow but I will still
have a workout in the morning. Then in the
afternoon the first priority is shopping!
In the evening we will go to a restaurant to
celebrate. Me, my mum and David were joking after
the match because David said earlier in the week
that if I won the tournament he would take us out
for a very expensive meal – so I hope he has enough
I have always said that I still feel this is the
beginning of my career. This is probably a big step
for me because now I feel I am one of the top
players. It is going to be interesting to see how
far I can go.
It is always great to know that there are a lot of
people supporting me. I am very grateful for this!
Then I watched some of the Canadian politicians speaking about art funding and, and, and talking about squeezing…
that’s when I stopped thinking about the artists and starting thinking about tennis, which made me think of this year’s Rogers Cup Players Party entrance
put his arm around the players as they entered the party for a photo op.