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Lack of fan support for Safina a mystery

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Lack of fan support for Safina a mystery
By Anil John
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Dinara Safina may be missing out on a large fan base because many in this part of the world are unaware she is a Muslim or simply don’t care. Both attitudes are based on some serious fault lines.

Now, I know all about keeping religion away from sport and that sports stars should be appreciated for what they do on the court and not on the basis of what faith they belong to. But in Safina’s case I don’t mind sticking my head out and ask some tough questions.

The lack of adulation for Safina is strange and incomprehensible for the simple reason that the Muslim world is so desperately short of women role models.

When Moroccan male tennis players such as Younes el-Aynaoui – a winner in Doha – and Hicham Arazi were regulars at the Qatar Open, fans packed the stands to cheer their every shot. But when Safina plays there’s hardly a ripple of excitement. It’s a question that demands serious answers. Is this because Safina is a woman, one is tempted to ask.

Safina and her brother Marat Safin are the only brother-sister pair to have risen to the top of the rankings and in all these years as a journalist I have not come across any article highlighting this fact. Even some of my Muslim colleagues in the Arabic media seem unaware.

Perhaps they assume that because Safina is from Russia she is a Christian, but the fact is that she is of Tatar descent whose parents run a tennis club in Moscow. But Safina’s situation has only worked out to her advantage, especially if compared with that of India’s Sania Mirza’s.

Mirza has been a victim of excessive fan adulation and media interest ever since she started playing the game. Her short skirts and tight t-shirts made as much news as her tennis and obscure clerics used the situation to gain cheap publicity. If my memory serves me right, one even issued a fatwa against her.Mirza though has dealt with the situation remarkably well, her sharp wit and intelligence sparkling through at press conferences whenever she is asked questions related to her faith.

Perhaps Safina is not media savvy, perhaps it’s because she has described herself as a non-practicing Muslim. But even then, she deserves better.

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Re: Lack of fan support for Safina a mystery

She'a a white Russian + non-practicing Muslim.
I don't see the Arab world + Indonesia going craaaaaaazy about her.

And why should you support someone base on his/her religion?
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Arazi, Alami and el-Aynaoui are Arabs

Sania gets alot of support here, not from Arabs, but from Indians who live in this part of the world.

Arabs treat the people from Indian sub-continent as low class and beneath them, all the jobs they dont wanna do they get people in from there with low pay.

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Re: Lack of fan support for Safina a mystery

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Arazi, Alami and el-Aynaoui are Arabs

Sania gets alot of support here, not from Arabs, but from Indians who live in this part of the world.

Arabs treat the people from Indian sub-continent as low class and beneath them, all the jobs they dont wanna do they get people in from there with low pay.
Isn't that the same for every country?


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Re: Lack of fan support for Safina a mystery

Weird article , i mean most people don't even cheer for people from their country so it's the same for the players religions I can't imagine myself liking someone for those reasons , it's kinda stupid IMHO !
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Weird article , i mean most people don't even cheer for people from their country so it's the same for the players religions I can't imagine myself liking someone for those reasons , it's kinda stupid IMHO !
Sounds like a bad high school newspaper article.
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To compare her to Mirza is ridiculous. A lot of Mirza's support is from her countrymen not co-religionists.
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Lack of fan support for Safina a mystery
By Anil John
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Dinara Safina may be missing out on a large fan base because many in this part of the world are unaware she is a Muslim or simply don’t care.
Amazing. The author put that in the first line of the story, and missed it's significance. Tennis fans don't care about a player's religion.

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Probably one of the dumbest articles I've ever read.

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Safinas a muslim? I never knew.

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I didn't know Safina is a muslim
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this article is a big FAIL

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i never knewed she is muslim too

i think the lack of support is just because of her negative personality, she isn´t hot, and she is a boring player

so why to cheer for her?
i think the most fans of her just like her because she has her nationality (russians) or they hate her opponents (Williams hater, and so on)

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I knew she is a muslim because of Wikipedia.



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i think the most fans of her just like her because she has her nationality (russians) or they hate her opponents (Williams hater, and so on)
You couldn't be more wrong. She has a very likeable personality and she isn't ugly to most of us who aren't shallow.
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