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Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

Maria had this to say on August 29th---not counting the non-tennis stuff--corporate sponsored events, photoshoots, and charitable events---the only actual words of Maria since that time were those in a doodle which many thought might have been written for her.

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) -Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova said on Friday that doctors were to blame for giving her an incorrect diagnosis, which deprived her of a chance to play in the U.S. Open and Beijing Olympics.

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"It hurts me so much to miss the Olympics and the U.S. Open. I think this will be the first grand slam I have ever missed."

"I had been playing with the pain for a rather long time," Sharapova said on her Russian-language website. "Even in everyday life, during sleep, I felt it [the pain]."

The Russian tennis star is currently doing extensive rehab and strength work in Arizona. The treatment is due to last several months.

"I knew that this was more than just inflammation. It's a pity that the doctors failed to make the correct diagnosis," Sharapova said, adding that the right diagnosis would have shortened the recovery time


I trust Maria more than all the people who now speak for her. I
have to wonder if she has been told to shut up about her medical stuff.



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NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova is unlikely to return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this year, her longtime agent, Max Eisenbud, said Wednesday. The reigning Australian Open champion pulled out of the Beijing Olympics and the U.S. Open after an MRI exam in Montreal this month revealed two small tears in her right shoulder.
The 21-year-old Russian — who appeared in New York for opening ceremonies at the year's final major — first injured the shoulder in a fourth-round match at the 2006 U.S. Open and reinjured it in a first round win at Montreal earlier in August, according to Eisenbud.
Sharapova has occasionally had bouts of serving difficulties. Eisenbud said this was likely due to her subconscious effort to move her ball toss and avoid the pain.
The three-time major winner is under doctor's orders not to hit a ball the next four weeks and will spend most of the fall in a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., rehabbing her shoulder with Brett Fischer. Fischer is a prominent physical therapist who has worked with many professional baseball players, among them Chicago Cubs' pitcher Kerry Wood.
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Her adviser, Max Eisenbud, said: “She’s doing just fine and on track to return for the World Team Challenge on Jan 7-10.”
"She's doing good," Eisenbud said in a telephone interview. "Everything's on track
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Early in December, she was able to resume full-time training and her practice sessions are said to have been intense.

She’ll play an exhibition in Hong Kong along with Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Sania Mirza January 7-10,
today---regarding Australia....
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"I think she is going to play," Tiley said yesterday. "We have been in communication with her team and while it's not confirmed, I'm confident
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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

If she knew it was more than inflammation why didn't she go w/her gut feeling? Second, third opinion?

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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

Interesting question on how multi-million-dollar potential earning young athletes are managed.

Or should I say, choose to be managed, because it is, after all, their choice.
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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

I don't expect creative, original prose from Maria. But she has stopped blogging totally.
I guess Eisenbud is now the voice.

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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

Yeah, it is her choice. But don't be surprised if she just explodes

with some different ways of dealing with these pr people, soon.
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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

Surely she has a lot of pressure from her team, sponsors etc...and I don't think she's allowed to communicate the way she would.That being said, she's not a victim either : she's a grown up woman now and it's up to her to deal with all that (she wanted the money, there are some consquences).
Anyway, the whole "shoulder thing" is a mess : we don't know if she was already diagnosised a long time ago and choose along with her team not to tell the truth on it, if the thing has really be misdiagnosised etc...but she must have been part of the decisions at some point.
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Well Max is her agent and hasn't Hollywood told us that all agents are evil money grabbing scumbags. I also agree that blog she posted on her website was written by her PR team. I don't know what issues are over at Team Sharapova but she should remember that she's paying them and not the other way around. I would be surprised if they know she's not ready for the AO and have known for a while and PR are just thing to put a good spin on it by creating all the publicity around it. She'll not show up at Melbourne.
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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

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If she knew it was more than inflammation why didn't she go w/her gut feeling? Second, third opinion?
not hard really when
some people put their trust
around those people


hopefully shes atleast ok now...
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missing your first grandslam in a long while is hard
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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

I thought she withdrew from the Hong Kong exhibition already? I'm totally clueless; it's a bit up and down, we'll just have to see when she's ready. It may, unfortunately, not be in time for the Australian Open though.

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I know my opinion will not be popular, but just to provide a different angle to the situation. Even since the Maria+Camilla episode, I believe Sharapova's agent and PR people have tightened the control of what the public can see and hear. Yes, Maria may have some injury but equally important is that the agents want Maria to lay low for a while for the situation to cool down. This is a critical time for them because if Maria continues her public display of affection for women she risks to have her market value downgraded. We are not talking about just America. A large portion of Sharapova's income comes from global market. There are many places in the world where lesbianism is not accepted.

I also notice that, lately, WTA has been more keen to promote Ana Ivanovic while Maria is sort of fading to the background in WTA Tour's PR front. It's not inconceivable that some at top of WTA heirarchy have concerns of the scenario when their golden girl Maria comes out as a lesbian. Ivanovic, on the other hand, is straight. It did not escape my attention that WTA openly put Ana's involvement with Verdasco and other ATP men in their news items at the WTA Tour website. They are desperate and not too subtle. The majority of the public don't know yet, but the reality is that now when Maria walks into a locker room or a WTA board room, she is perceived as a (latent) lesbian. It's a different world for her and her people now.

The distracting episodes of Maria seeing Dick Ebersol's son and Camilla hanging out with Joe Jonas were pure red herring and publicity stunt. It saddened me that even in 21st century this couple cannot have the peace to enjoy themselves.

I also wish to say that this does not affect me as a spectator of tennis, but I am only one person.

My conclusion is that people at Maria's camp are biding their time to regroup from this minor crisis. I suspect that Sharapova may be physically ready, but mentally she and her people need more time to reinvent themselves.
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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

I don't think Maria is THAT controlled, I mean she's not a Julia Roberts in terms of popularity!!

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Sharapova is an adult. If she's not talking, it's because SHE has decided not to talk. She's not a child, and she's not being 'controlled'.

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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

when will she be eligible for a protected ranking

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Re: Is Maria allowed to say anything for herself, any more?

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I know my opinion will not be popular, but just to provide a different angle to the situation. Even since the Maria+Camilla episode, I believe Sharapova's agent and PR people have tightened the control of what the public can see and hear. Yes, Maria may have some injury but equally important is that the agents want Maria to lay low for a while for the situation to cool down. This is a critical time for them because if Maria continues her public display of affection for women she risks to have her market value downgraded. We are not talking about just America. A large portion of Sharapova's income comes from global market. There are many places in the world where lesbianism is not accepted.

I also notice that, lately, WTA has been more keen to promote Ana Ivanovic while Maria is sort of fading to the background in WTA Tour's PR front. It's not inconceivable that some at top of WTA heirarchy have concerns of the scenario when their golden girl Maria comes out as a lesbian. Ivanovic, on the other hand, is straight. It did not escape my attention that WTA openly put Ana's involvement with Verdasco and other ATP men in their news items at the WTA Tour website. They are desperate and not too subtle. The majority of the public don't know yet, but the reality is that now when Maria walks into a locker room or a WTA board room, she is perceived as a (latent) lesbian. It's a different world for her and her people now.

The distracting episodes of Maria seeing Dick Ebersol's son and Camilla hanging out with Joe Jonas were pure red herring and publicity stunt. It saddened me that even in 21st century this couple cannot have the peace to enjoy themselves.

I also wish to say that this does not affect me as a spectator of tennis, but I am only one person.

My conclusion is that people at Maria's camp are biding their time to regroup from this minor crisis. I suspect that Sharapova may be physically ready, but mentally she and her people need more time to reinvent themselves.
I don't believe that, being beat by a low ranked player in the second round of Wimbledon, then missing for half of the year from the court during in one of her supposed peak years has much more damage to her career than the Lesbian rumors. I don't think her agent would risk that.
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I know my opinion will not be popular, but just to provide a different angle to the situation. Even since the Maria+Camilla episode, I believe Sharapova's agent and PR people have tightened the control of what the public can see and hear. Yes, Maria may have some injury but equally important is that the agents want Maria to lay low for a while for the situation to cool down. This is a critical time for them because if Maria continues her public display of affection for women she risks to have her market value downgraded. We are not talking about just America. A large portion of Sharapova's income comes from global market. There are many places in the world where lesbianism is not accepted.

I also notice that, lately, WTA has been more keen to promote Ana Ivanovic while Maria is sort of fading to the background in WTA Tour's PR front. It's not inconceivable that some at top of WTA heirarchy have concerns of the scenario when their golden girl Maria comes out as a lesbian. Ivanovic, on the other hand, is straight. It did not escape my attention that WTA openly put Ana's involvement with Verdasco and other ATP men in their news items at the WTA Tour website. They are desperate and not too subtle. The majority of the public don't know yet, but the reality is that now when Maria walks into a locker room or a WTA board room, she is perceived as a (latent) lesbian. It's a different world for her and her people now.

The distracting episodes of Maria seeing Dick Ebersol's son and Camilla hanging out with Joe Jonas were pure red herring and publicity stunt. It saddened me that even in 21st century this couple cannot have the peace to enjoy themselves.

I also wish to say that this does not affect me as a spectator of tennis, but I am only one person.

My conclusion is that people at Maria's camp are biding their time to regroup from this minor crisis. I suspect that Sharapova may be physically ready, but mentally she and her people need more time to reinvent themselves.
While it's possible that her agents were trying to kill 'lesbian rumor', I don't think there was anything going on in reality. There is definately no conspiracy going on here.
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