To Tennis Addict, Vendulkabendulka:
I would love to (as you guys), if Petra was able to slip away some from Cersonek.
However, that remains to be seen?
I read the article, and that made a clear distinction that Cersonek would still deal with her Czech related promotional stuff. Now, how much she really needs to be by him to do that is a question (what else can she really do there)? I dunno. The rest of the world, is certainly a lot bigger than the Czech Republic.
Now, as far as it's being reported, this is not a tennis deal (though we all pray of course, IT IS whether officially, unofficially or tangentially).
It's for international promotional and marketing (though of course tied into her exploits on the Tennis court). Petra should still be playing Fed Cup, Czech Extraliga, etc., for the Sith Lord of Prostojev as far as we know.
Nonetheless, just the whole idea that Petra is now with IMG for international marketing, is a good thing, I feel. Petra deserves it (working with world wide, first class people). As I said, I see Vika doing these Citizen commercials (watches I own to boot), with her poor English, and say to myself, "hey why couldn't Petra do that". Vika's not even worth promoting at the moment. And after winning her second Wimbledon, Petra certainly deserves the opportunity.
This can only be a good endeavor from my point of view, bringing Petra change, and something to think, and possible focus on for the future. The fact that they wrote in the press release, how she can win so many more majors [we hope] filters down to Petra and her ahem coaching, team as well.
PS: Not sure how much Petra reveals to Li Na. But when you really think about, Li Na would be one of the best people for Petra to talk in regards to her career direction, and breaking away from a tight fist-ed entity (Cersonek in Petra's case, and The Chinese Tennis Federation/Government with Li Na). Interesting.
Speaking about Cersonek: I really hope this wasn't his idea. 1) Petra wouldn't need him to strike this type of deal. 2) He's going to take a disproportionately bigger cut, possibly if he does. Hopefully, it's a small percentage.
Note: Cersonek, complained the other day to a magazine, that he couldn't bring Petra international moneys (duh) cause he didn't speak English and lacked the contacts. Duh II. SMH