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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Did Mary Pierce ever at one time represent Canada?

I'm only 16 and have been following Tennis for a couple of years.

Did Mary Pierce ever represent Canada or consider representing Canada? Also, did Greg Rusedski ever win a title while representing Canada? thanks

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as far as I know, Mary did not ever consider representing Canada. remember, she was born in Montreal, but only spent about 9 months living in Canada. Plus, I don't believe she is a Canadian citizen, is she?

I'm less sure about rusedski. I don't think he had a title under his belt before his switch to Great Britain, but of course, I might be wrong.
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I'm pretty sure Mary never represented Canada... even in her glasses' days.

I think Greg did win as Canadian, a few times actually. He won the Hall of Fame tourney in '93, so I'm fairly sure he did.
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yeah she's a Canadian citizen. she was born there and her mom is French-Canadian

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That's the ONLY thing I never liked about Mary. She's Canadian, who lives in the US, yet plays for France.

Sure, I know her mom is French, but still, she never lived there.

She should have played for either the US or Canada.

But then, I still love Mary, so, whatever she does is fine with me.

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That's the ONLY thing I never liked about Mary. She's Canadian, who lives in the US, yet plays for France.

Sure, I know her mom is French, but still, she never lived there.

She should have played for either the US or Canada.

But then, I still love Mary, so, whatever she does is fine with me.
I think she wanted to represent America but the USTA did not support her and France offered her support and she played for them. Something like that, I don't remember the whole story.
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Mary was born in Canada, and that gave her the Canadian citizenship. She has American citizenship because her father is American, and French because her mother is French.

Mary *did* play for the United States at first, but the USTA refused to support her, and she went to France because they were willing to pay the high amounts of money necessary to make her a professional tennis player.

Her playing for France is the only honorable thing to do, in my opinion. They helped her when she needed it, so she plays for them. Seems good enough for me.


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Hmmm, anyone else know??

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Her decision to play for France instead of USA is due to the fact that her family felt the USTA jilted her and put ALL of their time, focus, energy, and backing into another teen-wannabe.... Jennifer Capriait. Allegedly Papa Pierce was so angry with the USTA (go figure, he was mad...) he pulled Mary out of the development program and asked the French Tennis Federation to help her with her game and sponsorship.
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Thanx guys, I never really understoor why,

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selesfan beat me to it.


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Her decision to play for France instead of USA is due to the fact that her family felt the USTA jilted her and put ALL of their time, focus, energy, and backing into another teen-wannabe.... Jennifer Capriait. Allegedly Papa Pierce was so angry with the USTA (go figure, he was mad...) he pulled Mary out of the development program and asked the French Tennis Federation to help her with her game and sponsorship.
Thanks Seles. I forgot about the Jen part.
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Too bad she never played for Canada. With Canada having so few good tennis players, she would have had huge support. Her loss.
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That was the best drama of their Roland Garros meeting (which Jen won in like no time flat). I remember the cameras panning from Papa Pierce to Papa Capriati, apparently Papa Pierce made some nasty comment about that Mary would clean Jennifer's clock. He also threatened a fan in the stands that year. What a drama queen... Mary is so much better with him not in the picture.

What is up with fucked up tennis dad's anyway?? (Karolj Seles not withstanding).
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That was the best drama of their Roland Garros meeting (which Jen won in like no time flat). I remember the cameras panning from Papa Pierce to Papa Capriati, apparently Papa Pierce made some nasty comment about that Mary would clean Jennifer's clock. He also threatened a fan in the stands that year. What a drama queen... Mary is so much better with him not in the picture.

What is up with fucked up tennis dad's anyway?? (Karolj Seles not withstanding).
I do remember that story Jim Pierce was a nut. Karolj Seles was so cool, he actually enjoyed the game of tennis, I liked the way he would applaud enthusiastically when Monica's opponent hit winners.
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