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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2003, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is Kournikova becoming irrelevant?

How about to hardcore tennis fans?

There was a thread around recently. Kournikova out of Top 50

I noticed something odd about it right away, but waited to comment. Now seems appropriate, since a few days have gone by. This was a poll-thread about Anna Kounikova. In two days, it generated 18 responses and 51 votes. Three years ago, a two day old poll about Kournikova would have had hundreds of response and votes in that time period. My guess is that Anna's appeal among the ticket buying public is as high as never. Well, probably a little down, but I've no doubt she in the top five players on the tour in worldwide popularity.

I'm not talking about everybody. I'm talking posters from here. Anna just doesn't generate the frenzy she used to. Not many people aren keen to discuss her TENNIS anymore. I doubt that effects her reality much, since I'm sure she's still mobbed wherever she goes. But maybe she's stopped counting as a player. Used to be analysts would mention Kournikova having the game to win big if she got her head together. Now we don't hear her favored to win even Tier III's and IV's.

Has tennis given up on Anna?

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Tennis may be giving up on her, but the male population will never
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Has tennis given up on Anna?
The less hype the better..

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Cool The raging hormones of young teenage boys...!!!

And, add to that, vile old men and what've you got...???

An Anna Kournikova "love fest"---absolutely nothing to do with tennis, from a "purist" point of view.!!!!
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post #5 of 50 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2003, 08:28 PM
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A lot of fans have been turned off by Anna's poor performances on the court. To many, she is a walking tennis joke. As a media call girl, she is still in business....she will continue to be used as long as she remains on the tour.

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I used to be a Kournikova defender (though only a mild supporter) - there used to be so much crap about how bad she was at tennis, how she couldn't even win a tournament etc., that her actual talent and potential was overlooked. But she seems to care less and less on court about winning: those matches against Justine and Angelique were awful, especially at a Slam, but the worst thing wasn't that she missed every second shot - it was that she plainly did not care. And right now, I can't say I care much about her either. It'd be nice if she won a title, cos lots of people would be quite embarrassed, but she's ultimately a non-factor.
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It'd be nice if she won a title, cos lots of people would be quite embarrassed, but she's ultimately a non-factor.
Who would be embarrassed?
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The Kournikova haters
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post #9 of 50 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2003, 09:23 PM
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Volcana, I noticed the same fall-off in poster interest as you did. Last week I started a topic about Anna's surprising (to me) decline in doubles, wondering about it, and it got VERY few replies. No one really cared, I guess.

On the tennis court, imo, Anna has been irrelevant for years now, in the sense that no one (least of all, the players themselves) expects her to do any damage in a draw of top players, as they may have anticipated 5 years ago.

But I guess the fall-off in poster interest is natural, as the player in question has not given anyone much room for hope of a return to contender-status in years. And Hope is a really important component of being a sports fan.
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I think the hardcore tennis fans stopped caring about her around 2001 when it became noticeable that she was not putting in the effort to be a player. The tennis fans shouldn't care if she doesn't. I wish she'd make a decision to either stick fully with tennis, or fully do modeling or whatever the hell she does.
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I agree with Janie
from a tennis perspective, it is "what have you done for me lately?". THe players don't see her as a threat, I don't think. I don't think many worry about drawing her early in a slam, for instance. She doesn't go that deep in tournies anymore. Male interest will always be high, but with few solid tennis results, there becomes less and less to actually DISCUSS about here. I mean, the most posts we got recently were on whether/how she was being promoted in Memphis. her Marketing elicited lots of comments...
her tennis however,
well, there is not much to be said about it right now..
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Kournikova haters have had their folly for years now...and Anna's own actions on the court has added fuel to the fire....it has been soooooo long, I think if she won a title, her detractors would breathe a sigh of relief After all the hype, the attention and her tennis achievements...will much change?
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Believe it or not, I wish she'd win SOME event like a Tier IV or V, just 2C how she'd play after that with "the monkey off her back".
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I still think Anna can win an event, even with the low effort she's playing with now. She's never entered the Tier IV or V's, except for Shanghai last year where she almost won. She's rumored to play Pattaya this year... so maybe she'll play some dinky tourneys. She can win one just with her raw talent.
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anna is not interesting anymore

there is another player who likes to hang around famous people and the big difference is well you know

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