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yeah..ana obviously goes gaga over that guy...but he's like 40 years old
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yeah..ana obviously goes gaga over that guy...but he's like 40 years old
35 and gorgeous.
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Hi there JustDoIt,

I am Mr. Gossip. I started a gossip thread for Ana Ivanovic gossip, such as the one you have posted, athttp://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=339004

Feel free to post or ask questions regarding any spoken or printed gossip in English or Serbian. Add any photos sanctioned or not as well.
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Srpska teniserka Ana Ivanović svojim donacijama omogućila je da se 15 škola u Srbiji uključi u UNICEF-ov program "Škola bez nasilja", saopštila je beogradska kancelarija UNICEF-a. Anini sportski uspesi nisu jedina pomoć Srbiji - prošlog septembra postala je nacionalna ambasadorka UNICEF-a kako bi pomogla poboljšanju uslova u kojima žive deca.

UNICEF-ovi ambasadori su poznate javne ličnosti iz sveta sporta, filma, muzike, ličnosti koje su spremne da učine sve što je u njihovoj moći da javno govore o problemima dece i mladih, da pomognu da se promeni politika prema deci i da prikupljaju sredstva za programe UNICEF-a.

Ana Ivanović je svojom donacijom omogućila da se 15 osnovnih škola u Srbiji uključi u program "Škola bez nasilja - ka sigurnom i podsticajnom okruženju za decu".

Ovom donacijom u program su ušle škole koje su se prijavile na konkurs i čekale da se obezbede finansijska sredstva.

To su škole: "Vera Radosavljević" iz Negotina, "Vladimir Rolović" iz Rakovice, "Dušan Radonjić" i "Prvi srpski ustanak" iz Aranđelovca, "Vuk Karadžić" i "Jan Kolar" iz Bača, "Ratko Mitrović" iz Čačka, "Milan Rakić" iz Medoševca kod Niša, "Milica Stojadinović Srpkinja" iz Iriga, "Sava Žebeljan" iz Kovačice, "Kupački partizani" iz Kruševca, "14. oktobar" iz Bariča kod Obrenovca, "Branko Radičević" iz Odžaka, "Desanka Maksimović" iz Kovina i "Ivo Lola Ribar" iz Sombora.

Svoju inauguraciju u nacionalnu ambasadorku za UNICEF Ivanovićeva je iskoristila da javno pozove biznismene i kompanije iz Srbije da joj se pridruže i donacijama pomognu program "Škola bez nasilja".

"Ovde se ne radi samo o novcu. Ovde se radi o nastojanju da se reše problemi dece. Zbog toga vas pozivam da mislite na decu. Pitajte decu da li su srećna u školi. Hajde da, molim vas, učinimo sve što možemo da im pomognemo", rekla je ambasadorka UNICEF-a Ana Ivanović.


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Ana Revealed: Behind The Scenes With The Hottest New Face In Tennis

By: Joel Drucker, Tennis Week

Ana Ivanovic is quickly emerging as the hottest woman on the tour — both off court and on. Now TennisWeek.com takes you behind the scenes for an intimate look at the Serbian superstar. The following feature is the cover story from the latest issue of Tennis Week Magazine.

"That’s just mean," comes the cry from Ana Ivanovic’s practice partner, Marcin Rozpedski, a 32-year-old local teaching pro. On practice court D at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, site of the Pacific Life Open, Ivanovic has just thrown up a lob volley, forcing Rozpedski to sprint back to the baseline.

Ivanovic smiles, then shuffles back to field Rozpedski’s defensive lob. She strikes an overhead into a corner. Rozpedski tumbles after it to no avail. "You got me, you got me good," he says.

Though her brown shorts and white shirt make her look as lithe and unfettered as an undergraduate on spring break, Ivanovic’s practice is more of a study hall. Her head cocooned by her perpetual visor, she crisply drives a two-handed backhand down the line. Rozpedski replies with a crosscourt forehand, at which point the two exchange rolling topspin forehands.

Upon missing an easy backhand, Ivanovic exclaims, "Oh no." When she steps in and drives a forehand for a winner, she and her coach, Sven Groeneveld, lightly tap knuckles. The clean power Ivanovic consistently generates reveal strokes that were honed as a child in a court built at the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool — clearly a spin-free zone. Most striking is Ivanovic’s exemplary posture.

One of the most-respected coaches in tennis, Groeneveld is kindly but alert, experienced enough to view his charge as a long-term project. As Groeneveld sees it, Ivanovic is exceptionally "fresh," a sparkling gem two to three years from playing her best tennis.

On the side of the court sits Ivanovic’s mother, Dragana, with her left fist under her chin, paying intermittent attention to her daughter’s tennis while staring into the inviting blue sky of the desert. Dragana politely declines to be interviewed. Her thick, frosted hair and stylish wardrobe conjure up sphinx-like elegance and the attendant mystery surrounding a woman who has practiced law in Eastern Europe. It’s not likely she’ll ever be one of these parents wearing a warm-up suit.

Groeneveld and Dragana are the two leads in Ivanovic’s team, a group that’s a model for how a player positions herself for success. There’s also physical trainer Scott Byrnes, who over the last winter improved Ivanovic’s fitness and movement.

It’s a harmonious coterie, one that during the Pacific Life Open passed time at a local bookstore. Says the perpetually giggly Ivanovic, "You pick some books, you put it under your arm. You see it and just read and exchange our thoughts. Oh, is that book good? The problem is that every time I go there I want to buy so many books, but then I can't carry them. I always have overweight when I'm traveling, so I really have to be selective."

Away from the tranquility of bookstores, Ivanovic favors amusement parks. She’s particularly smitten with rollercoasters, at one venue going on six rides in two hours, a pace that left the coach who preceded Groeneveld in the dust. Jokes Ivanovic, “he couldn’t keep up with me.”

These are Ivanovic’s days of innocence and wonder, the grand period of ascent when she’s good and young enough to make a charge for the top, but unsullied by the painful losses and world-weariness that can turn a player sour. The 20-year-old Ivanovic is tennis’ current "It" girl, a silky smooth locus of attention for those who admire her not just her tennis, but also her youthful looks and possibilities as athlete, icon, fashion doll.

Says Tracy Austin, who won the U.S. Open at 16, "The key is organization, in putting things in capsules so that you can focus on the right things at the right times. She’s managing it very well."

But for all the pieces in place that control Ivanovic’s business, the biggest variable is the business of winning matches. It’s now evening at Indian Wells. Ivanovic’s round of 16 match has been reassigned to Stadium Three, a tight court holding 3,000 people. The opponent, Francesca Schiavone, is crafty, combining spin, power, guile and grit — light years removed from the clean-hitting baseliners that comprise the majority of Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players. It won’t be an easy match.

Ivanovic looks at her posse after just about every point. She loses her serve three times in a row, drops the first set 6-2 and in the second is serving at 1-2, 30-40 — and then ropes a backhand down the line, eventually winning the game.

"Her timing when it comes to hitting the ball was always very good," says Groeneveld. "I’m helping educate her, helping her become a true professional, a true student of the game."

Schiavone continues to confound Ivanovic with her variety. Far more than the big occasions on the show courts, these are the kind of knife fights that pose great implications for a competitor’s confidence — just another score in the newspapers, but a rite of passage a player will never forget. As Groeneveld no doubt repeatedly tells Ivanovic, it’s the ability to grub it out that makes a champion. Grappling with Schiavone is light years removed from any photo shoot, fashion show or any of the other glitzy opportunities that tumble into Team Ivanovic’s office.

She’s laboring heavily, striking balls long and into the net, misfiring on serves, tentative on returns. As Ivanovic prepares to serve at 4-5, Dragana exits. But Ivanovic holds for 5-all and takes the second set 7-5. Dragana returns. Up in the third, past 10:00 p.m., she holds a point for 3-1, gives her trademark clenched near-the-chest fist pump and says "This one!" Groeneveld chimes in, "Not this one — every one, every point!" Having picked up the pace and discouraged Schiavone, Ivanovic wins the third, 6-2.

Over the next five days she wins three more matches without the loss of the set to take the title, including her fifth win in six tries versus her fellow Serb, Jelena Jankovic, in the semis; and a forceful victory over formidable Svetlana Kuznetsova in the finals.

Watching TV at the age of five, Ivanovic saw an image of Monica Seles hitting tennis balls and the phone number of a local instructor. She wrote down the number, demanded tennis lessons and was soon playing as often as possible.

But there were other factors intruding on her life. When Ivanovic was eleven years old, NATO commenced its bombing raids on Belgrade. Says Ivanovic, "But then by the time you got used to it, you realized that they are not bombing just everything, only certain buildings. So after a month, I started practicing, and that was good because, during the practice you could not think about what was happening, you were getting into doing something else."

At 15, Ivanovic so greatly impressed Daniel Holzmann, a Switzerland-based entrepreneur, that he relocated her to Switzerland for more training. Holzmann also provided Ivanovic with hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship money. The first time Holzmann saw her play a match, though, Ivanovic lost — and then spent four hours in the locker room crying in fear that Holzmann would drop her. He didn’t, and remains Ivanovic’s manager. She’s particularly proud that she has repaid every nickel Holzmann invested in her. "You wonder sometimes if she doesn’t want it too much," says Groeneveld.

A run to the 2004 Junior Wimbledon final, followed later that fall by a 7-6, 7-6 loss to Venus Williams in Zurich, rapidly earned Ivanovic raves. By the end of 2004, she’d soared 608 spots up the rankings, from 705 to 97. A year later, she’d cracked the top 20.

But it wasn’t just laser-sharp groundstrokes that raised Ivanovic’s profile. The 6-foot-1 Serb is a heartthrob, radiating a lucid, subdued sensuality that is preternatural and captivating without being too threatening. Though she’s attended her share of lively player parties and posed for many a photo spread, Ivanovic is determined to stay grounded.

During Indian Wells, Ivanovic was reading several books about the prominent psychologist, Sigmund Freud. Speaking one night after a match, she said, "Childhood has effect in forming the personality and how much it's important that you have actually nice control, parents, they can show you what's right, what's wrong, you can build your morals and personality of it. So now looking back, my parents did a great job."

As she heads into this year’s majors at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, having reached the finals last year in Paris and this past January at the Australian Open and risen to a ranking of number two in the world, Ivanovic knows the time to step up is nearing. "As long as I didn't believe it inside it was impossible for me to [win Grand Slams]," she says. "But now slowly I believe that I can do it."

For now, win or lose, Ivanovic will retain a large following. One night at Indian Wells, a group of eight topless teenage boys sat in the stands in rapture not just at her forehand. All were students at the Charlie Hustle Tennis Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For $5, the group had bought a can of paint and adorned themselves with one of the letters of Ivanovic’s last name. The ringleader, Sam Martin, had an "N" emblazoned across his chest and three photos of her on his cell phone. At the next changeover, Sam led his entire squad in a cheer, "Ana, Ana, Ana!"

Getting out of her chair, hearing the chant, Ivanovic looked up for barely a second, then rapidly put her head down.

Another night she left the court mobbed like a rock star, fans thrusting Sharpie pens in front of her for autographs, others congratulating her for winning, another asking for her visor — which she promptly handed over.

Freed at last from the clutches of the crowd, Ivanovic headed to the locker room. As she made her way through the desert evening, Ivanovic was asked, "What would Freud make of all that?"

"I don’t know, I don’t know," she said, bursting into another bout of laughter. "I have to study more."

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AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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Exclusive Ana Ivanovic Interview - Part 1 (of 3)
By Valentine Uhovski Wednesday, May 07, 2008

So you think Ana Ivanovic faces a tough challenge on the tennis court? Well she’s still facing the challenge of finishing her education. In a revealing chat with Tennis Week.com’s Valentine Uhovski Ana shared some thoughts about her life and growing up and why she thought she’d like to become a shrink. Tennis Week will post the second and third parts of Ana's exclusive interview in the coming days.

Tennis Week: How’s school?
Ana Ivanovic: It’s been tough. I’ve been trying to finish my economy classes at the moment. When I go back to Serbia, I have to take few more exams. But of course it’s hard to balance and think of tests and studies where you’re competing and winning but education is extremely important, so I need to try to accomplish both and find a time. I don’t like math or numbers as much, so I need a tutor obviously to get me focused.

Tennis Week: What are your favorite subjects?
Ana Ivanovic: I love philosophy and psychology. I actually wanted to major in psychology, but that’s something that requires a lot more face time in school and in classroom. Maybe I’ll reconsider by the end of career, when I have more time! But I still love to read as much as can on those subjects whenever I have time.

Tennis Week: Did you ever really imagine being anything other than a tennis player?
Ana Ivanovic: Not really! I was watching, dreaming, and obsessing over tennis since I was 5. Before that, I’m not even sure if I had capabilities to imagine something else. But it’s surreal for my dream to actually come true.

Tennis Week: Everyone knows your story of growing up in Serbia in challenging times, and then moving to Switzerland to perfect your training. Did you ever feel like you were ever almost a dual citizen of both countries?
Ana Ivanovic: No, I’ve always felt Sebian at heart. It’s where I was born, where I have family, friends, following…It are where I grew up and feel attached to. Of course, I don’t know if I would have same career if I didn’t have an opportunity to move and have my current manager, trainer, and amazing facilities.

Tennis Week: Your parents are both successful professionals in their own right. How have their own schedules changed since you successful ascendance?
Ana Ivanovic: They’ve been so supportive. My brother in particular is my biggest fan. He actually stays up at nights to catch up with all my matches. But my father has traveled with me from early stages, and later when I started traveling abroad my mom became my companion because she was fluent in English, which was a great help! Obviously, it was tough for them to alternate between jobs and finding new ones, but I really appreciate their sacrifice.

Tennis Week: In your opinion, with your success as well as Novak’s and Jelena’s how obsessive has the whole country of Serbia has become due to your collective success?
Ana Ivanovic: We really feel their energy and support. Every time I speak with my father, he talks about the extensive articles his friends and he read about us. You really feel the following, the love, and the passion of our fans. It’s just amazing that they have so much to root for considering it’s such a small country. When we play anywhere, they show up with flags. I received few crazy fan letters, but I appreciate them all because basically without the fans, we’d have nothing to do.

Tennis Week: Do you always dine in the same restaurant during tournaments? Is that a superstition?
Ana Ivanovic: I wouldn’t call it superstition, more like regular rituals. If you like a certain place, the owners and the people are nice to you, why not come back for good service and energy?

Tennis Week: What are you latest obsessions?
Ana Ivanovic: Like every girl, I love shopping but with our crazy schedules you’re mostly bound to a hotel room and movies, books and your music.

(to be continue?)

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AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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this article from the rg website really needs to be posted here:

Sweet Ivanovic finally shows a mean streak
Saturday, June 7, 2008
By Matt Cronin

Players with the sugary smiles and sweet dispositions don't always win Grand Slams titles, but new world No1 Ana Ivanovic proved on Saturday that just because she is a lovable personality does not mean that she cannot show a mean streak on court.

“I think once you are on the court, it's much easier said than done, but you have to be a killer,” Ivanovic said. “And you have to put them under pressure and show your presence. On and off the court it's obviously different. I still believe it's important to be a fair player and don't lose your appearance just because people might say you're too nice.”

This time, Ivanovic came in as the favourite and despite nerves was mentally stronger and technically sounder than her opponent Dinara Safina. This time, she did not leave the court chocking down sobs like she did in the Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova, when she felt like she was primed to knock off the Russian but made some bad decisions on key points.

“It was very tough loss for me, and I had few sleepless nights after that, honestly,” she said. “It's something I learned from. Part of me was already thinking about possibly holding a trophy. So this time I really tried to change that and don't think about that at all and just focus on my game. And there were some moments where this thought would still come up, but I managed to control it much better and to be aware of every moment of my game. That's something I'm really, really happy about today's game.”

For a girl who learned to play tennis during NATO's bombing of Belgrade, lifting the trophy in front of all France, the world and the now retired champion Justine Henin was ultra- special. “Seeing Justine today in the crowd, it made me feel really, really good,” she said. “I thought, maybe I can be like her, I can win a title. So it was really thrilling when she also handed me the trophy. She said, 'You deserve it and now it's yours.'”

Ivanovic became the first player to win her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros since Anastasia Myskina in 2004, but appears to have a bigger upside. She is tall, strong and super ambitious and has reached the second week at all the other Grand Slams.

But it is on clay where she has been the most consistent and impressive, as growing up in Serbia, she learned to slide into her ground-strokes and in the past year, as she has grown fitter, is able to leg out point after point.

Once she matured emotionally and began to learn not to think ahead in big matches, it was just a matter of time before she could impose if not her "A" then at least her “B” game in a Slam final. But for a girl who spent much of her youth batting balls around in a drained swimming pool, it was still a remarkable achievement.

“I dreamt of this, but it was hard to imagine the reality of this victory, it's so thrilling and amazing,” she said. “You work so hard and you're, off the court, on the court, and you put so much effort into it. I loved the game and I enjoy playing, so this is the best reward I can get.”

Both Ivanovic's long-time manager Dan Holzman and her coach Sven Groeneveld have believed for a long time that Ivanovic could hide her smile during matches and unleash a rapid-fire fury. But they also see a genuinely likeable person who when she walked out on Philip Chatrier court for the final, offered to help a small boy who was carrying a large basket of flowers because it was too heavy for him.

“That's was typical Ana,” Holzman said. “She’s always helping, even in the final of a Grand Slam. Groeneveld could not sit in the friends’ box during the final as Safina also plays for the same equipment provider as Ana, but trusted that Ivanovic had grown up enough to show her independent streak. He does not think that Ivanovic has developed a cold, take-no-prisoners personality to be successful.

“If you look at Roger Federer, whom I admire for his personality and worked with when he was young, I see that his character is always the same,” said Groeneveld. “You don't have to obnoxious and rude to be a great champion. A lot of our great champions have been humble, soft spoken and strong characters and I think Ana fits in that category.”

Ivanovic leaves Paris as the new world No1, but promises to remain the same little girl who always wanted to hit another basket of balls in Belgrade. “I really try to be the same person and I still have friends from primary school and on tour I've seen people change with success,” she said. “I've always told my family and team around me that if I stop acting weird, just pinch me and bring me back, because it's important to have your principles. They haven't had to pinch me yet.”
forget the haters and their invented reasons to justify their hate. this is how ana is perceived by most people.
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From The Times
June 9, 2008
Ana Ivanovic gives Avram Grant winning feeling
The former Chelsea first-team coach has his hands on a trophy at last - the Serb's first grand-slam tournament prize

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, Paris

A beaming Avram Grant was having his picture taken with a champion's trophy on Saturday. Before Chelsea supporters wonder if the Ricard has flowed too freely or the past three weeks were a miserable illusion, it should be said that their former first-team coach was holding the replica of the French Open winner's cup that will have pride of place on Ana Ivanovic's mantelpiece for ever.

Grant has been in Paris for the past couple of days as a guest of Dan Holzmann, an Israeli-born businessman and long-time friend, who dipped into his pocket to the extent of £15,000 a month when Ivanovic was 15 and he had been taken with her determination to strike it rich in the women's game. She chose to move to Basle, where Holzmann is based, and said that she would pay him back everything she owed over time. The fruits of that optimism were delivered in full here where she won her first grand-slam tournament title and became the latest No 1 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

As Ivanovic emerged from the back-slapping throng in the bowels of the stadium, she walked across to Holzmann and Grant and hugged them both. “I am so nervous, look at my hands shaking,” she said. Holzmann simply told her that today was just the beginning. Grant smiled again - he does smile, you know.

He emphasised he has always had a great affection for tennis, that he attended Boris Becker's first Wimbledon victory, in 1985, that he would love to meet Roger Federer and that the sport presents to him a fascinating insight into the deepest psyche of an individual's personality and is so very different from having to mesh 11 people and their egos into a winning football team. “Ana is an exceptional person, so strong and determined,” Grant said.
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Ivanovic may not have been able to strut a grand-slam tournament final stage once, let alone three times, were it not for Holzmann's benevolence and the Serb remarked that it is “so amazing” that he did what he did for her with absolutely nothing but a hunch to go on. Holzmann admitted to having a tear in his eye at the conclusion of Ivanovic's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Dinara Safina, of Russia.

Now their thoughts turn to the grass. “It is so different, the points are so much faster, you have to be on the ball from the first point and I'm sure my fitness coach will have quite a few new moves for me to try,” Ivanovic said. “You can loop the ball up here, but not on grass. There are always a few muscle strains after the first couple of days.”
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Ana Ivanovic given a heroine’s welcome by thousands of Belgrade crowd
‘I intend to stay at top’

“Ana, we love you!” shouted the thousands of Belgrade fans of Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic, greeting their heroine in front of the City Hall on Tuesday. One year ago to the day Ana was standing on the same balcony and then promised to soon get her hands on her first Grand Slam trophy. The 20-year-old Serb has even gone a step further – she not only won the last week’s Roland Garros women’s event, but, with the win, became the world’s number one.

- “I’ve been in the limbo between dreams and reality for the past couple of days. I occasionally need to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. It’s hard to believe you’re all here because of me. I was at the balcony last year too, but today it’s a special feeling. I did celebrate the title with my team back in Paris, but what I’m sharing with you right now is something special,” Ivanovic said with a quavering voice standing on the Belgrade City Hall balcony.
Ivanovic has achieved two of her primary goals – to win a Grand Slam event and to become the world’s number one. Ana reveals her plans for the future and announces how long she intends to remain on the top.
- “For a long, long time. I’ll try to stay number one as long as possible, but there are a number of other quality players out there who dream the same dream. It all happened in two days and there are no words to describe how I feel. What lies ahead of me is to work and train even harder,” says Ana.
Ivanovic starts her fitness preparations for Wimbledon as early as on Wednesday.
- “I’ll be appearing in London as the number one player in the world, which can only add up extra pressure, but I really want to think only of the next match I play and enjoy playing tennis, as I’ve always done. French Open is only a first step along the way and I certainly intend to win many more titles. I’m not pondering on what I’ll be doing after my career has ended; I am still in the early stages.
Ivanovic’s favourite playing turf is hard surface, as Ana reached the Australian Open final in January on that surface. She will appear at September’s US Open event, where the young Serb is expected to shine once again.
- “Of all Grand Slam tournaments, I like US Open the least, as you spend too much time commuting, and when I finally take to the court after a long ride, I already feel exhausted. There are many players who perform well at hard surfaces, like Maria Sharapova, the Williams sisters, etc.”
The world’s number one found a way to have fun in Paris when not playing tennis.
- “My team probably don’t want to hear about their walk in front of the Triumphal Arch anymore. As for gifts, I think the biggest one I received was the one I got at the dinner party. As any other girl I’d wished to go shopping, so I bought a few things, such as this Luis Vuitton dress I’m wearing right now.”
After beating Dinara Safina in the Roland Garros final, Ivanovic wished to share her joy with her loved ones, but they were hard to reach, perched high up in the VIP boxes of Philippe Chatrier court.
- “I had to go up there and there was no other way of doing that but to climb the linesman’s chair. I don’t even remember who gave me a hand; I just kept repeating, “I’m fine, I’m fine”. I just had to share the joy with my family and coaching staff, there was no way of stopping me.”
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There is an interview with Ana in my local newspaper. It's about the Olympics as it was published in a special about the games.


Sonho olímpico
Musa do tênis, Ivanovic quer coroar melhor ano com ouro em Pequim
Publicada em 23/07/2008 às 09h11m
Fabio Balassiano - Especial para o Globo Online
RIO - Boris Tadic, presidente da Sérvia, compareceu a sua festa de 20 anos e disse que era uma honra poder abraçá-la. Quem hoje olha para a número um do ranking mundial do tênis feminino, considerada a 23ª mulher mais sexy em 2008 e com mais de US$ 5,6 milhões ganhos em prêmios na carreira não imagina como foi a sofrida trajetória de Ana Ivanovic. Ao ver uma partida de Monica Seles na TV aos cinco anos, a menina decorou o número de uma escola de tênis de Belgrado e insistiu aos pais para que treinasse lá. Após a recusa, decidiu investir em si mesma batendo bola em uma piscina vazia.

Foi assim até os 11 anos, quando após treinar em meio aos bombardeios da Organização do Tratado do Atlântico Norte (Otan) em sua cidade natal Ivanovic recebeu a permissão de seus país para levar a carreira a sério. Tão a sério que agora a jovem de 20 anos, primeira do ranking e já com um Grand Slam conquistado (Roland Garros, 2008), chega aos Jogos Olímpicos com a esperança de trazer uma medalha a Sérvia, assim como seu compatriota Novak Djokovic, ídolo local e terceiro melhor entre os homens. Fã de sudoku e embaixadora da UNICEF para causas sociais em seu país, ela respondeu, por email, às perguntas do Globo Online em sua casa na Basiléia.

O GLOBO ONLINE: Como número um do mundo, como você descreveria os seus sentimentos antes dos Jogos de Pequim?
ANA IVANOVIC: Ser a primeira do ranking não muda em nada a maneira como eu enxergo a competição em Pequim, até porque venho pensando nos Jogos há muito tempo. Infelizmente não tive chances de atuar em 2004, e estou muito animada para participar das Olimpíadas pela primeira vez, principalmente porque não se trata de um torneio de tênis comum. Terei a oportunidade de encontrar com outros grandes atletas de modalidades que admiro como vôlei, ginástica e iatismo, e sei que me divertirei muito por lá.

O GLOBO ONLINE: É correto afirmar que o seu país jogará por duas medalhas de ouro no tênis, contigo, Jelena Jankovic (a segunda do mundo) e Novak Djokovic?
ANA IVANOVIC: Sem dúvida alguma nós temos chances de ganhar medalhas, mas acho que será extremamente difícil trazer dois ouros para a Sérvia porque em Pequim estarão os melhores tenistas do mundo, e todos vão querer uma medalha para seus países. Mas temos boas possibilidades.

Com a sua presença, de Jankovic e Djokovic nas primeiras posições do ranking, muita gente falou do crescimento do tênis no país. Foi apenas uma coincidência, ou é resultado do trabalho de base da Sérvia?
Não há muitas escolas de tênis no meu país, mas aos poucos elas estão passando a ter mais destaque. Com certeza a presença de Djokovic e a minha são meras coincidências, e não fruto de um trabalho de base bem feito. Mas ao mesmo tempo eu sei que temos uma população muito determinada e que as dificuldades que passamos quando éramos mais jovens, com bombas e guerras, nos fizeram mais fortes e com mais vontade para triunfar em nossas carreiras.

Depois da sua primeira vitória em Grand Slam, você recebeu o troféu de Justine Henin, ex-número um do mundo. Muita gente enxergou o momento como uma passagem de bastão, já que você assumiu essa posição após Roland Garros. O que aquele momento representou para você?
Receber a taça de Justine foi um momento muito especial para mim. Eu fiquei triste de quando ela se retirou do circuito, porque ela era uma grande atleta e alguém com quem sempre gostei de jogar. É lamentável que eu não tenha esta oportunidade novamente de atuar contra ela, mas eu estou feliz que ela fez esta decisão e está muito segura quanto a isso.

Seu país passou por um processo de independência tumultuado, mas agora vive em uma nova fase. Apesar de não viver mais na Sérvia, como você enxerga a situação por lá?
Foi um período difícil, mas parece que a situação melhorou muito e meu país está se desenvolvendo agora. Fiquei feliz com o resultado das últimas eleições (o democrata Mirko Cvetkovic foi eleito o primeiro-ministro em 27 de junho), mas ao mesmo tempo admito que não acompanho muito o mundo da política e não saberia falar muito sobre isso. De todo modo, procuro me informar falando com meus amigos que vivem na sérvia.

Você visitou o Brasil algumas vezes, e aparentemente admira muito o nosso país. O que Brasil e Sérvia têm em comum?
Adorei conhecer o Brasil quando joguei por aí cinco anos atrás. Foram ótimos torneios em São Paulo e Porto Alegre, e me lembro carinhosamente da alegria e da hospitalidade do povo brasileiro de um modo geral. Acho que a maior semelhança entre os dois países é a vontade de se divertir sempre.
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Olympic Dream
Muse of tennis, Ivanovic wants to crown best year with gold in Beijing

Published on 23/07/2008 at 09h11m
Fabio Balassiano - Special to the Globe Online

RIO - Boris Tadic, president of Serbia, attended 20th birthday celebration and said it was an honour to embrace her. Who today looks at the number one world ranking of female tennis, considered the 23 rd most sexy woman in 2008 and with over $ 5.6 million in career earnings in prizes do not imagine he trajectory of Ana Ivanovic. Seeing Monica Seles match on TV as a five year old, the girl memorized the number of a tennis school in Belgrade and urged her parents to let her train there. After she decided to invest in herself self hitting balls in an empty pool.

It was thus up to 11 years, when after training during NATO bombings in her hometown Ivanovic received permission to take the career seriously. So seriously that now at 20 years old, ranking the first and already a Grand Slam champion(Roland Garros, 2008), comes to the Olympics with the hope of bringing a medal to Serbia, as well as her compatriot Novak Djokovic, local idol and third best among men. Fan of sudoku and the UNICEF Ambassador for social causes in her country, she replied, by mail, questions from the Globe Online at her home in Basel.

The GLOBO ONLINE: As a number of the world, how would you describe your feelings before the Games in Beijing?
ANA IVANOVIC: Be the first in the ranking does not change anything in the way I see the competition in Beijing, because I thought about the Games for a long time. Unfortunately I have not had chance to play in 2004, and I am very excited to participate in the Olympics for the first time, mainly because it is not a common tennis tournament. I will have the opportunity to meet with other major athletes who I admire, as volleyball, gymnastics and sailing, and I know that I am going to have a lot of fun there.

The GLOBO ONLINE: Is it correct to say that your country plays for two gold medals of in tennis, you, Jelena Jankovic (second in the world) and Novak Djokovic?
ANA IVANOVIC: No doubt we have chances to win medals, but I think it would be very difficult to bring two gold medals for Serbia because in Beijing will be the best tennis players in the world, and everyone will want a medal for their country. But we have good possibilities.

By your presence, Jankovic and Djokovic in top positions of the ranking, many people talked about the growth of tennis in your country. It was only a coincidence, or is it the result of the basic work of Serbia?
There are many schools of tennis in my country, but little by little they are going to have more focus. Certainly the presence of Djokovic and I are mere coincidences, not a product of the basic work well done. But while I know we have a very specific population and that the difficulties we had when we were younger, with bombs and war, have made us stronger and more willing to succeed in our careers.

After your first victory in Grand Slam, you received the trophy from Justine Henin, former number one of the world. Many people saw it as a passage of the stick, since you took that position after Roland Garros. What that moment was for you?
Receiving the bowl from Justine was a very special moment for me. I was sad when she withdrew from the circuit, because she was a great athlete and someone I always liked to play. It is unfortunate that I do not have this opportunity again to play against her, but I'm happy she made this decision and is very safe about it.

Your country has gone through a difficult process of independence , but now lives in a new phase. Although you don't live in Serbia anymore, show do you see the situation there?
It was a difficult period, but it seems that the situation has improved a lot and my country is developing now. I was happy with the outcome of recent elections (the Democrat Mirko Cvetkovic was elected Prime Minister on June 27), but at the same time I admit that I do not follow the world of politics and don't know much about it. In any case, I try to get informed by talking about it to my friends who live in Serbia.

You visited Brazil sometimes, and apparently you like our country. What Brazil and Serbia have in common?
I loved to get too know a little bit of Brazil when I played there five years ago. There were great tournaments in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, and I remember affectionately of the joy and hospitality of the Brazilian people in general. I think the biggest similarity between the two countries is the desire to always have fun.
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Ana is going to take part in Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day again this year!

Demi Lovato, Colby O’Donis and Menudo will team with tennis superstars Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic and more for the 13th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess. The popular full-day tennis and music festival for children and families – including interactive games, musical entertainment, and tennis clinics – will be hosted by MTV’s Susie Castillo and Nickelodeon’s Quddus. The festivities are set for Saturday, August 23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The full-day tennis and music festival kicks off the 2008 US Open, which runs from August 25 - September 7.

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Ana Ivanovic: A $100 Million Woman?
Posted By: Darren Rovell
Topics:Endorsements | Media | Marketing | Advertising | Sports
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Ana Ivanovic is certainly a very good tennis player and she's a gorgeous woman. Having risen to No. 1 at one point this year after winning the French Open, her first Grand Slam victory, Ivanovic's marketing power is on the rise.

So is the 20-year-old Serb the next big bet for the shoe and apparel brands to throw big money at?

Her deal with adidas runs out at the end of 2009, but sources tell CNBC that her management (DH Management's Dan Holzmann and Gavin Versi) are already hearing from companies who are interested in their client, who started out her career with Nike before switching to adidas.

The plan that has been pitched, according to those who have seen the proposals, is a lifetime deal.

Lifetime deals in the industry are typically deals that run to what is projected to be the end of the athlete's playing career. In this case, it's believed that what's being shopped around to Ivanovic's next shoe and apparel suitor is a 10-year guarantee with the potential for Ivanovic to earn additional money in her post-career life as a brand spokesperson.

The goal, insiders say, is for Ivanovic to have the ability to earn $10 million in some years from this brand if she plays in most tournaments, becomes No. 1 in the world and consistently wins. If that happens, the contract could be the most lucrative endorsement in the history of women's sports.

The challenge will be for her management team to get as much of that guaranteed as possible.

One source told CNBC that adidas is willing to play on the lifetime deal requirement at around $3.5 million a year for every year she satisfies the minimum playing requirements. Bonuses, it's said, could boost the deal to $5.5 million a year. That number could rise if Team Ivanovic agrees to renew well before the contract is up.

Sources said Nike has at least expressed initial interest. The company is committed to quite a stable of stars including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. And any doubts that Maria Sharapova's recent injury would give her less status with the Swoosh were put out when Nike's Cole Haan announced this week that it would be using Sharapova to launch its Cole Haan Sporting line next year.

If there's a slot to fill, it could be the one that could come vacant if recent U.S. Open champ Serena Williams doesn't extend her contract with the brand. Williams' current contract could have been worth up to $56 million over five years, but fell way short due to Williams' inability to always stay at the top of her game. The fact that Nike [NKE 61.90 0.93 (+1.53%) ]hasn't used her in much of its advertising over the years could hint that they won't pony up much of a guarantee for a player who will turn 27 in a couple of weeks.

It's believed Ivanovic has a third suitor, which could be a Chinese company like Li-Ning, Peak and Anta.

More than two million Chinese play tennis at least twice a week, with the number expected to reach six million by 2010, according to figures released by the State General Administration of Sport in China. The administration also says that among people between the ages of 15 to 25, tennis is the second most played sport behind basketball.

Any brand that is willing to pay a big guarantee has to believe that Ivanovic can stay consistent. She lost to the No. 188th player in the world in the second round of the Open this year. It was the biggest upset to a women's No. 1 since 1975. They also have to believe that she has crossover appeal, which isn't that hard to research. She has 4.1 million Google hits and pictures of her, including one from a new shoot with FHM, are all over the Web.

The other value her management team can sell is her web site. There is no athlete in the entire sporting landscape who has a more updated site that that Ivanovic, who is giving her thoughts to her fans at least every couple of days. The site gets an impressive 900,000 unique users a month, which is extremely high for an individual athlete web site.

Update: One source told CNBC that adidas is willing to play on the lifetime deal requirement at around $3.5 million a year for every year she satisfies the minimum playing requirements. Bonuses, it's said, could boost the deal to $5.5 million a year. That number could rise if Team Ivanovic agrees to renew well before the contract is up. But, if those numbers are accurate, adidas might lose out in the battle for Ivanovic.
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wow! Thanks MarieC, that's interesting!

So at the end of 2009 Ana might switch sponsors. Those adidas numbers are quite high and they finish saying that with this proposal, they might lose her. Wonder what is being offered to her by other brands.
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Ana picks up another award
October 28, 2008

Ana has the most beautiful body of any sportsperson – male or female – according to readers of Die Bild, the biggest-selling newspaper in Europe.

The 20-year-old polled more than half of the vote (51 per cent) as she easily beat fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova into second place. American swimmer Amanda Beard was third, while footballer David Beckham finished fourth.

The award is the latest in a long line of accolades that Ana has received for her looks. The Age newspaper in Australia named her the best-looking tennis player of all-time; she has won the ******************** Sexiest Female Player award for the last three years, while she was the highest-placed athlete on the celebrated FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008 list.

Considering that she is a professional athlete, Ana is more concerned with her on-court achievements and she has been recognised in this area too during 2008. Earlier this month she won the Michael Westphal Award for “best tennis personality 2008”, as voted for by readers of German Tennis Magazine; in July the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) named her “Women's Tennis Player of the Year 2008”, and in March she was recognised by her fellow professional when they voted for her in order to win the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportmanship Award 2007.

Asked to comment on her latest award during an interview in Belgrade, Ana was as humble as ever. She looked somewhat surprised when told the news, then commented: “It definitely flatters me. It is because of how I play tennis and due to the results I achieved on the tennis court, but definitely every girl likes to get a compliment and I am no different.”

“That’s why I am happy and satisfied about it. However I want to work very hard and achieve the goals I set, and they concern the tennis court.”
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