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©@®eLess
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:17 PM
Barcellona, 12 set. - (Adnkronos/Dpa) - La tennista russa Svetlana Kuznetsova, neo campionessa dell'US Open, avrebbe potuto avere la nazionalita' spagnola, ma fu respinta dalla Federazione iberica, come ha rivelato oggi Emilio Sanchez Vicario, proprietario dell'Accademia dove si allena la giocatrice. ''Andammo alla Federazione e dicemmo loro che avevamo una ragazza spettacolare che avrebbe potuto giocare qui. Ma non gli interesso''', ha detto Sanchez. ''E' quello che succede quando comanda gente che non e' del mondo dello sport e che non capisce di tennis''.

La Kuznetsova che si e' imposta nella finale dell'US Open sulla connazionale Elena Dementieva per 6-3,7-5, arrivo' in Spagna cinque anni fa, quando ne aveva 14. Dopo due anni di formazione nell'accademia di Sanchez e Sergio Casal, riusci' ad arrivare al numero uno del mondo juniores. Fu in quell'epoca che Sanchez propose la giocatrice alla Federazione spagnola.

is there any italians to translate

Joana
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:24 PM
I think it says that earlier in her career she applied for citizenship, but was rejected.

©@®eLess
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:27 PM
che avrebbe potuto giocare qui. Ma non gli interesso'''

oh yeah "She should have been playing here, but there were no interest in federation

Sorry for scare russian folks

JonBcn
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:37 PM
whats the source for this article?

*JR*
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Emilio is ASV's brother, of course. In Europe, Barcelona is the equivilant of South Florida re. tennis academies, with his Sanchez-Casals being the most prestigious.

Darop.
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:56 PM
Barcellona, 12 set. - (Adnkronos/Dpa) - The russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova, who just won the US Open, almost became spanish, but was rejected by by the Spanish federation. "We went to the federation and told them that we had an amazing tennis player who could have played for Spain, but they werent interested" Said Emilio Sanchez, owner of the Sanchez Casal accademy. " Thats what happens when people who dont know anything about sports have political power."

Kuznetsova, who won the us open by defeating compatriot Elena Dementieva with the score of 6-3 7-5 arrived in spain 5 years ago, when she was 14. After 2 years of training at the Sanchez Casal accademy, she was able to become the 1st player in the junior rankings. That was when Sanchez asked her to be part of the spanish federation.

PointBlank
Sep 12th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Haha. Bet they are crying now.

Julian
Sep 12th, 2004, 10:23 PM
Spain could have produced their first Women's champion since 1998!

Wiggly
Sep 12th, 2004, 11:16 PM
An Spanish named Kuznetsova is :tape:

tenn_ace
Sep 12th, 2004, 11:21 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: to Spanish Federation

spiceboy
Sep 12th, 2004, 11:21 PM
An Spanish named Kuznetsova is :tape:
Just like a Canadian named Wozniak, Ko or Jeyaseelan ;)

Anyway we already have WTA players named Waernes, Rizhik or Jad :p

Bamafan717
Sep 12th, 2004, 11:24 PM
An Spanish named Kuznetsova is :tape:

An American named Navratilova

and an American named Sharapova, I mean... oops :tape:

aliceb
Sep 13th, 2004, 06:00 PM
I wonder why she felt the need to apply for Spanish nationality? After all, Maria, Anna K (and many others) can live abroad to train for many years and not feel the need to do that?

JonBcn
Sep 13th, 2004, 06:25 PM
It makes perfect sense; the commercial opportunties open to the Spanish #1, as opposed to the Russian #3 or #4 are enormous.

Pengwin
Sep 13th, 2004, 06:30 PM
It makes perfect sense; the commercial opportunties open to the Spanish #1, as opposed to the Russian #3 or #4 are enormous.

What about commercial opportunities if she became Chinese number one or Japanese number one or Australian number one. It doesn't work like that.

JonBcn
Sep 13th, 2004, 06:32 PM
Um...but she doesnt live in China, or speak Chinese :confused: Its exactly how it works.

The girl wasn't being funded by anyone; she was at the Academy on a scholarship. Its perfectly reasonable for them to investigate having another federation paying her expenses i exchange for her playing under that flag - it happens al the time.

WtaTour4Ever
Sep 13th, 2004, 06:33 PM
There was probably a financial incentive, more support from the federation, less fee's etc.

veryborednow
Sep 13th, 2004, 06:38 PM
Her interview in ACE magazine this month was talking that her sponsorship deals would be a great deal more if she was Spanish number 1.

She only got her Fila/Head sponsorship this year, and that was her first so she was having to buy everything herself until then - which is fine if your professional, much more difficult before though.

propi
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:09 PM
Another great decision by Spanish tennis authorities :yeah:
Let's go guys, Spanish female tennis is already almost dead, you just need a point blank shoot :D
Congrats for your incompetence even if this isn't your biggest mistake :worship:


:rolleyes: :tape: :bigcry:

Vass22
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:27 PM
Sorry for scare russian folks
:lol: :wavey:
Your excused

Vass22
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:30 PM
I wonder why she felt the need to apply for Spanish nationality? After all, Maria, Anna K (and many others) can live abroad to train for many years and not feel the need to do that?

Believe me, a foreign citizenship is never useless when you're a Russian. :rolleyes:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 13th, 2004, 08:50 PM
Sveta :) PHEW

we could have had a Russian as a
#1 for Spain
#1 for france (Golovin)
US has Bogomolov, Kuznetsov
Germany's bright young hope.... Michail Zverev ;)

Daniel
Sep 14th, 2004, 08:34 AM
interesting article. thanks Dulelm

Vass22
Sep 14th, 2004, 11:06 AM
Sveta :) PHEW

we could have had a Russian as a
#1 for Spain
#1 for france (Golovin)
US has Bogomolov, Kuznetsov
Germany's bright young hope.... Michail Zverev ;)
look at that! The communists did succede in their long infiltration plan!

Sam L
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:06 PM
Would she have changed her name to Svetlana Kuznetsovez?

veryborednow
Sep 14th, 2004, 01:47 PM
Would she have changed her name to Svetlana Kuznetsovez?
Would've loved to see the American guy try to say that ... :rolleyes: