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Absence of Williams sisters irks Martina

Absence of Williams sisters irks Martina
Mon 10 November, 2003 09:23

By Matthew Cronin


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Williams sisters Venus and Serena have earned a rebuke from Martina Navratilova for turning their backs on a ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the WTA tour.

Eight of the 13 year-end world number ones invited did show up at the STAPLES Center for an on-court ceremony to honour tour founder Billie Jean King and the other founding members.

But the Williams sisters -- plus Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Monica Seles -- were conspicuous by their absence.

"You're part of the history and the present and future. It's too bad they (the Williams sisters) didn't make it. I know Serena is in town... I don't know where Venus is," Navratilova said. "They should have been here."

The sisters had attended a Los Angeles Lakers game and a fashion show in the city earlier in the week.

WTA officials weren't sure why the five absentees, who earned a combined $78 million prize money, didn't come.

"I don't know what everyone's situations were, but I would be disappointed if there were some that could have made it here and didn't," added Chris Evert who enjoyed a hypnotic rivalry with Navratilova spanning three decades. "That would be too bad.

GOOD EXCUSE

"But if you can't, you can't. Steffi could have jumped on her or (husband Andre) Agassi's private plane. I would hope you have a really good excuse if you didn't come."

Graf recently gave birth to their second child, a daughter, Jaz. Even though the German travels with Agassi on tour, she almost never makes public appearances to promote tennis.

"Steffi doesn't talk much," Navratilova. "She keeps to herself. I never really had a conversation with her. I think she's asked me about four questions in my life, so how can you have a conversation?

"She never really gave much of herself to anyone on the tour. She's not going to start now. She supports Andre, but even there she is in the background, in the corner and not on camera. That's how she is and that's okay."


Those in attendance included Evert, Billie Jean King, Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters and this year's year-end world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne.


http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackage...0&section=news

She needs to shut the hell up!
They had their reasons for not attending.
I wasn't aware that Venus, Serena, or Steffi
owed her a damn thing!

If I were Steffi I wouldn't talk to the bitch either!
Venus left to go back to Jupiter soon after the show.
Serena was still in town but if she didn't want to
be their irt is her perogative.

It's funny how the sisters aren't wanted by certain people and when they are gone, it's like 'how dare they' and 'who do they think they are'.

Definitely, the WTA needs them more
than V+S+S willever need them!

IMO, Martina is and has been jealous of
all three for various reasons.

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I want to know what a good excuse is when a 1 month old baby and a 2 year old are not, especially when you know daddy is not at home too.

Maybe when you are death?

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Martina, you fool.
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I want to know what a good excuse is when a 1 month old baby and a 2 year old are not, especially when you know daddy is not at home too.

Maybe when you are death?
True!

However, she'd say, "babysitter".
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LOL she just had to take a swipe at Steffi especially
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Sounds bitter to me.

ALWAYS MARTINA HINGIS

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Andre, Kim, Lleyton, Vera, Marat, Amelie
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Originally Posted by Kabuke
Definitely, the WTA needs them more
than V+S+S willever need them!
...I don't think so...
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I don't care how much of a legend she is, but I am officially getting sick of her UGH. It's her choice to eat, sleep , and breathe , everything tennis--- but leave those who don't feel the same way the hell alone for crying out loud


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She needs to shut the hell up!
They had their reasons for not attending.
I wasn't aware that Venus, Serena, or Steffi
owed her a damn thing!
It's not about what Martina thinks they owe HER, it's about what Martina thinks they owe the TOUR - at tour that has made them all very rich women.

Martina has always put a high priority on promoting women's tennis, and this is certainly not the first time she's commented about what she perceives as players not giving enough back.

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.
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...I don't think so...
I think so!
They needed the WTA before they became who and what they are as far as tennis is concerned. However, none of them need the WTA as much as the WTA needs them.

Ever wonder why certain people want V+S to let go
of the IW controversy....hmmm?

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True!

However, she'd say, "babysitter".
of course it's that easy
I am glad Steffi is a responsable mom. Jaden and Jaz are lucky

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Actually I agree 100% with her. Steffi is eccentric in her reclusiveness. I always liked her but there is something about her facial expressions and reclusiveness that come across very very cold. Not to mention Steffi's theatrics to turn the crowd against Hingis at the French.

As far as the Williams sisters go, well, we all know they can't be bothered to support the tour.
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I think they all should have been there, save maybe Steffi with a new born and all. The Willies have benefited a lot from BJK and that was the least they could have done is come and show their support for BJK and the tour that pays them their fat pay checks. Even Cappy stayed on and attended and showed her support after her semi loss, and we all know the personal troubles she has had with BJK. Monica and ASV should have been there as well.
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It's not about what Martina thinks they owe HER, it's about what Martina thinks they owe the TOUR - at tour that has made them all very rich women.

Martina has always put a high priority on promoting women's tennis, and this is certainly not the first time she's commented about what she perceives as players not giving enough back.
They maed theirselves with the help of coaches an others.
If they weren't the athletes they were and reached the highets they have, would the WTA give a rats ass about them? I think not!

Maybe Martina and the others should wat6ch and say what they do!
As they are accustom to running off at the mouth not giving a damn of what it's ramifications will be!
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As far as the Williams sisters go, well, we all know they can't be bothered to support the tour.
Damn right!
All the shit they've been through on this tour and not once has the WTA ever come to their defense. Be careful of what you say and do and if not, don't be surprised when it comes back to bite you in the ass!
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