Okay I know that Maria represent Russia, but does anyone else think that Maria should become an American? Now I am not against Russia or anything, I am for world peace, but honestly she has spent most of her life in America and has trained here, and she lives here. She sounds like an American and even looks like one.
It makes me angry that she was so dismissive of America when she returned to Russia. If it wasn't for America then no one would know that she even existed. The other Russians don't even want her!
Please don't bite my head off for writing this thread...I have no problem with Russia or Russians, infact Marat is my future husband! :hearts:
Becoming an American makes sense from my point of view.
Oct 19th, 2005, 03:25 AM
Not everyone who trains, works, or lives in another country has to become a citizen of that country. Many tennis players live work and train in countries other than their native land. Hundreds of thousands of Americans live abroad - many in Europe.
Maria was born in Russia, speaks Russian, her family mostly live in Russia, so she isn't going to be forced to give up her nationality.
Maybe if she was treated badly by the Russians she might consider changing, but she had a good reception in Moscow, and the majority of people there want her on the team and are proud of her.
Oct 19th, 2005, 03:53 AM
Maria was born in Russia
she wasn't born in Russia
Oct 19th, 2005, 03:58 AM
she wasn't born in Russia
um..yeah she was.
Oct 19th, 2005, 04:45 AM
she was, my bad........had my players mixed up for a moment
Oct 19th, 2005, 04:59 AM
Indeed...Maria was born in the Siberian region :cool:
..and Xan got it right...except I feel there'd very little (if anything) that could change Maria's mind
Oct 19th, 2005, 07:35 AM
She speaks more than one language. She doesn't have a gut hanging over her belt. I have not seen her smoking. She doesn't have some trailer-trash boyfriend sponging off her wealth.
Just how American is she?
Oct 19th, 2005, 09:06 AM
No, she's Russian
Oct 19th, 2005, 05:56 PM
She's 100% Russian. I don't think there's any chance of her changing.
Oct 19th, 2005, 09:05 PM
she doesnt have to change Nationality!
she is the best russian player in womens tennis in years.
The players who hate her are just jelous of her progress as a player
Oct 19th, 2005, 09:16 PM
Exactly. Well said Josh. Maria was the first Russian woman to become world number 1.
Oct 19th, 2005, 09:39 PM
sharapova with sisters williams! nooooooo
:-) welcome russia
Oct 19th, 2005, 09:58 PM
hey Nouf, long time since we saw you mate!
Oct 19th, 2005, 10:16 PM
It would not be wrong for Maria to become a US citizen, because Monica Seles (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/seles/) did just that in 1994 (after playing under the Yugoslav flag for the early part of her career).
But Maria has made it quite clear in her interviews that she's still "Russian inside", and has no intention of changing her nationality. So as long as she has the letters RUS after her name, we must all respect that.
Maria is very definitely a Russian beauty. She does not look like an American (except perhaps Sarah Michelle Gellar).
Dr. Andrew Broad