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Doc
Nov 17th, 2005, 03:44 PM
This Dutch article has been posted on GM, purportedly from Robert Lansdorp. It sounds like his style, and it appears he broke up with Yuri and Maria following the US Open. He's been very bitter about other past players of his in the past, and now he appears to have turned against Maria:

TRANSLATION

«Her problem? Her dad!»

I had to push her enormously, even though she will say she did it all herself. Maria thinks she is the biggest thing or earth. I put dollar bills in the corners of the court. When she hit them, she got to keep them. That got her all excited.

LOS ANGELES. Maria Sharapova did not reach the final. Again. Since this summer she has not achieved anything. This season does not compare to last year’s. Could it be a coincidence she is not getting along with her coach? Robert Lansdorp, a Dutchman, made Sharapova the world’s number one. Like he had done before with Tracy Austin, Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport. But during the US Open he clashed with Sharapova’s dad. Since then all communication has been cut off and Lansdorp has been kept away by the machine behind Sharapova. He breaks his silence here, «Maria is lazy and her dad is a rude man who does not care about anyone. That is her problem.»

What happened during the US Open?

«It started before that. Before the US Open Maria stayed with me for a month. I told her to ask her dad to keep quiet during a match. He always makes such a fuss. He is convinced he has a role to play; wile he is just sitting there. At the Masters last year, he had made a real spectacle of himself by showing a security agent aside, running onto the court and pumping his fist. It was really embarrassing. But Maria preferred that I talked to him. Which I did, but Yuri told me to shut up. Then came the US Open match against
Petrova. A ball falls on the court from the stands. The point was over, but Yuri goes nuts. He wants Maria to stop. He really turns into Mr. Pierce. Or Mr. Dokic. In an interview with the New York Times I say that Yuri should keep quiet. I tell Maria she should put four blow-up dolls in her box. Before the next match against Clijsters I don’t get a hello. Sharapova is playing awfully. At the beginning of the second set, Yuri turns around and tells me, “This is what happens when you are not allowed to say anything.” I responded, “fuck you!” I have not heard from them since.»

Has the relationship always been this harmonious?

«Yuri is not a good person. I worked for them for eight years. I have done so much for them. More than for anybody else. I arranged for families to take them in. But Yuri took advantage of it. He would leave at 11pm and come back by morning, leaving the family to look after Maria. Their room was a mess. He does not care about anybody, except for Maria. I think he doesn’t even care about his wife. She is not wanted in the game. She is too kind. She is intelligent, she reads, is well-educated; the complete opposite of Yuri. They make up this story that she does not like tennis. Rubbish, of course. Every mother wants to watch her daughter play.»

What is Maria like?

«Maria is a nice girl. I still have nothing against her. She is fun, she has talent. But she lives too much under the influence of her dad and that Max, her agent. And they don’t care about anything. Maybe it is a lack of education.»

After her Wimbledon win, we read somewhere that she got on the first plane to LA to thank you.

«She came to train, and to ask for presents. I spent thousands of dollars on gifts. She wanted an iPod? I got her one. I even got her a Christmas tree once, because she was homesick. With ornaments, lights, the whole shebang. You know what my Christmas present was after she won Wimbledon? A bottle of body lotion and a facial cream. That was my bonus. At the while they’re making $30 million a year. I did not expect anything, but that got to me. Before the US Open I went to a Cadillac dealership. I saw a great sports car worth $65.000 dollar. I took a brochure and gave it to Maria. 'This is what you owe me', I told her. Her reply, 'I don’t owe you anything.' They always take about her tough youth. But mine was ten times worth. And that’s being generous.»

[whiny bit about his youth]

How did you become Sharapova’s coach?

«I was working with Davenport. Someone from IMG asked me if I wanted to work with them. Maria was only 10 or 11. She was very consistent, fighting for every point, which I like. But she has a problem focusing. Still does. She can beat someone 6-3 6-3, and then she gets distracted and starts losing it. But you can’t afford that because you’re dead by the time you reach the semis. And her forehand was not good. But we worked on that.»

The story goes that you put dollar bills in the corners of the court.

«Money was the best way to motivate her. Because they did not have any. I put $10 and $20 bills the corners of the court. If she hit those, she got to keep them. That got her all excited.»

Sharapova says that when she first met you wheeled in a shopping cart with some 1,000 tennis balls and told her to hit them all.

«She was not used to hitting ball after ball. Five or ten, sure, but that doesn’t count. That only proves what you are capable of. If you hit 30 or 40 consecutively, that is when you are doing well. I had to push her enormously, even though she will say she did it all herself..»

You created four number ones, Austin, Sampras, Davenport en Sharapova. What is your secret?

«The drive to get the best out of someone. My goal is the net. I place a can 30-40 centimeter above the net. They have to hit that. Because if you can’t pass the net, you can just forget about it. They don’t just have to pass it once, but 6 out of ten tries minimum. Maria got 8 out of 10 when she was 15. That is phenomenal. Myskina stopped by too. She was a good friend of Sharapova. She was as the time; they were not rivals yet. But when they started competing, Myskina was a bitch. That is how things go in women’s tennis. Oh well. Myskina, top 60 at the time, could not do 6 out of 10. 5 out of 8 but not 6 out of 10. I threaten with 40 baseliners. I hit the balls to the corners of the court and they have to run from one side to the other. Sometimes until they vomit. I tell Myskina she gets five more chances, otherwise she gets 40 baseliners. She hits 6 out of 7. That is how I work. That is why Maria can handle pace.»

She can’t handle much these days. What is her problem?

«She is not in shape. She needs to get back in shape, otherwise she will never get back to the number one spot. Her problem is that she is lazy when it comes to running. She does her exercises, stretches, but she hates running. She used to work harder too. She is not nearly as tough as, for example, Tracy Austin. Maria can work her way back into a match. But her problem is that she can’t maintain the same level throughout the match.»

Will she become number one again?

«Depends on what the rest does. Will Venus and Serena retire? Davenport? I don’t see any young talent coming. Karatantcheva and Vaidisova? How old is Vaidisova? 16. And where is she? 16. Too late. She might be top 10, but never number one. In women's tennis you have to have made a mark by the time you are 16. Won a Slam, a big tournament or beaten the number one. If you haven’t, you will never be number one.»

Aren’t you bitter that eight years of collaboration have to end this way?

«That is how it goes. I am not going to mind too much, this coming from someone who things she is the biggest thing on earth.»

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 17th, 2005, 03:57 PM
Even though the source is not believable, it still posses the benefit of the doubt, I think it is true. It makes sense, sounds logical.

Steve-o
Nov 17th, 2005, 06:50 PM
Everytime I read the article it makes more sense. Lansdorp may be bitter and blunt, but what he says adds up. His comments about Yuri and Yelena are disturbing. I've never seen Yelena attend one of Maria's matches, maybe she is being kept away by Yuri. :sad:

Whether it's :bs: or not, Lansdorp sucks and should of kept his mouth shut!

Maria Croft
Nov 17th, 2005, 08:53 PM
He is a bitter old man, I don't care what he says, true or not, I don't like him so I don't care what he has to say!

Martian Jeza
Nov 17th, 2005, 09:20 PM
He is a bitter old man, I don't care what he says, true or not, I don't like him so I don't care what he has to say!

Yuri is a nut case, we allready know it... Masha should begin to put distance between her and her dad...I don't like that much Masha's dad : He's awfull for Maria's image...

morningglory
Nov 17th, 2005, 11:54 PM
Nah... BS....

morningglory
Nov 17th, 2005, 11:56 PM
And a dig at the end at li'l Nicky! :fiery:
That's one mean article...
Just you wait... Nicky will win a GS :fiery:

Maria Croft
Nov 18th, 2005, 07:45 AM
Yuri is a nut case, we allready know it... Masha should begin to put distance between her and her dad...I don't like that much Masha's dad : He's awfull for Maria's image...


I mean Lansdorp, not Yuri lol

Doc
Nov 18th, 2005, 04:53 PM
I really doubt that Lansdorp knows a lot about Yuri and Jelena's marriage, since he only ever sees Yuri and Masha.

Lansdorp also contradicts himself a lot. He was building up Yuri until now, then the reverse. He is obviously bitter because he only charges $100 an hour for his services, and hasn't become a millionnaire like Bollittieri, and none of his players have given him the "big bonus" he obviously wants. I like the story that Maria said "No" to him when he demanded a car! :lol:

Anyone noticed that Yuri is now busily chewing gum during matches? To keep him quiet. :lol:

Maria Croft
Nov 18th, 2005, 05:05 PM
Yeah I noticed that Yuri has changed on court, I guess he does that for Maria, so she doesn't get blamed for his actions

And I agree, I doubt he knows anything about Yuri's personal life

I also love the story about the car, I mean, who does he think he is?!

nelsondan
Nov 18th, 2005, 08:12 PM
That was an interesting article.

Of all the characters mentioned, I trust Maria the most. She is amazingly mature---remember she is only 18---and she will figure it out. It cannot be easy to consider the mixture of selfish interest and genuine friendship and concern of those around her.

I do not buy the part that she is out of shape from not running. If it were not for the pectoral muscle, she would have accomplished some truly amazing things. If anything---I wish she would ease off to let her body adjust as it reaches its final growth.

daniela86
Nov 18th, 2005, 09:36 PM
I do not buy the part that she is out of shape from not running. If it were not for the pectoral muscle, she would have accomplished some truly amazing things. If anything---I wish she would ease off to let her body adjust as it reaches its final growth.
Exactly :yeah: Masha was injuried after the US OPEN so he can't blame her for her results.She was obviously suffering on court and that was the reason why she couldn't run :(
Btw,I don't think that Masha considers herself as the biggest thing on earth.She is not pretentious nor selfish as she gave a lot of money to the victims of the Veslan's tragedy and to the tsunamis' victims as well.If she didn't want to buy better presents that :rolleyes: guy ,it's surely coz she thought he didn't deserve them :p (and that his wage was enough:p ) I am also glad Maria put him at his place for the car :lol: :lol: :yeah: I doubt any other top player would buy a very expensive car to her/his coach.

I agree with morningglory about Nikki,I definitly don't think she is too old to become the number 1.Davenport,Clijsters,Mauresmo and Hénin also haven't won a slam or have beaten the number 1 at 16 but it didn't prevent them from becoming the number 1 all the same.
Roughly, this guy is :rolleyes: :retard: :retard:

daniela86
Nov 18th, 2005, 09:44 PM
Yuri is a nut case, we allready know it... Masha should begin to put distance between her and her dad...I don't like that much Masha's dad : He's awfull for Maria's image...
He may be awful for her image but it's her dad all the same and he helped her a lot to become a top player.Maria is used to him and it could be dangerous to put a distance between them.Dokic was 4th on WTA rankings before she decided to put a huge distance between her and Damir.Now,I doubt she will ever be back in the top 100 although she was at least as promising as Clijsters in 2001.

Steve-o
Nov 19th, 2005, 08:44 AM
Maria needs her dad more than anyone else.

VeeTennisFan
Nov 21st, 2005, 02:01 PM
I agree she needs her dad. Even though I don't agree with Yuri's actions he is her dad and he is one of the main reason she is where she is today.

goldenlox
Dec 8th, 2005, 03:48 PM
Lansdorp can say things that no one else will -

I arranged for families to take them in. But Yuri took advantage of it. He would leave at 11pm and come back by morning, leaving the family to look after Maria. Their room was a mess.

msharafan
Dec 29th, 2005, 03:38 PM
i doubt any of this is true do you have a link for this article? cause it makes me :fiery:

Maria Croft
Dec 29th, 2005, 10:10 PM
i doubt any of this is true do you have a link for this article? cause it makes me :fiery:


Yeah it's true that he said this, but that doesn't mean that it's true what he said ;)

Andy Mac
Dec 30th, 2005, 12:27 AM
wow...thats one hell of an article...i believe it....and i expect that kinda stuff to roll outta lansdorps mouth....some of its probably true but other stuff (like the nicole comments) definatly arent...or maria being lazy...altho...i can where she is comming from if she actually deosnt like runnning...i hate it too..lol

navyseals98
Jan 4th, 2006, 04:36 PM
I agree with the article and that Yuri really is a jerk. Lansdorph is considered a great coach. Sharapova is way to arrogant and now she could be going into a decline. Hell, she quit her match with her best friend, Maria Kirilenko, just because she was losing to her. She complained of pain yet she still managed to play through the US Open.

waratahsrock
Jan 4th, 2006, 07:13 PM
I agree with the article and that Yuri really is a jerk. Lansdorph is considered a great coach. Sharapova is way to arrogant and now she could be going into a decline. Hell, she quit her match with her best friend, Maria Kirilenko, just because she was losing to her. She complained of pain yet she still managed to play through the US Open.

:yawn: here we go again...

Maria Croft
Jan 4th, 2006, 07:49 PM
I agree with the article and that Yuri really is a jerk. Lansdorph is considered a great coach. Sharapova is way to arrogant and now she could be going into a decline. Hell, she quit her match with her best friend, Maria Kirilenko, just because she was losing to her. She complained of pain yet she still managed to play through the US Open.


The US open was before the match you are talking about :rolleyes:

navyseals98
Jan 4th, 2006, 09:59 PM
True, it was but if you recall she also quit the JP Morgan Classic because of pain so to say and that was before the US Open.

Maria Croft
Jan 4th, 2006, 11:45 PM
True, it was but if you recall she also quit the JP Morgan Classic because of pain so to say and that was before the US Open.


So you are saying she gave Hantuchova a walkover because she would lose or something? or that she faked her injury at all these tournaments?!

You don't make any sense at all :tape:

Andy Mac
Jan 4th, 2006, 11:57 PM
most of the people that come in here to bash maria dont...

navyseals98
Jan 5th, 2006, 04:04 PM
Summon,
I have trouble understanding why Maria quits the JP Morgan tournmant and then withdraws alltogether from the Roger Cup in Canada claiming of injury. Then the US Open starts and all the sudden feels fine and starts playing normal, never once complaining of pain. Loses in the US Open and then the China Open starts and she wins her first couple of matches and the press are saying that Maria is just going to cruise on through and win the China Open easily. Then the semi-final with her supposedly best friend, Maria Kirilenko, comes up and shocks the people in attendence in beating the great maria sharapova physically and with her great ground strokes. Think about what great things people would be saying about Maria Kirilenko if she would had be able to finish the match and truly beat sharapova fair and square. It just seems really coincidential that at that time Maria then chooses to then claim that her injury has reappeared and she will not be able to finish the match. I know her father had alot to do with it. Instead people will say that the only time kirilenko beat sharapova was through a retirement. And what about the stupied Japan Fashion Tour, she seemed okay to play in those matches. :fiery:

Maria Croft
Jan 5th, 2006, 08:13 PM
Summon,
I have trouble understanding why Maria quits the JP Morgan tournmant and then withdraws alltogether from the Roger Cup in Canada claiming of injury. Then the US Open starts and all the sudden feels fine and starts playing normal, never once complaining of pain. Loses in the US Open and then the China Open starts and she wins her first couple of matches and the press are saying that Maria is just going to cruise on through and win the China Open easily. Then the semi-final with her supposedly best friend, Maria Kirilenko, comes up and shocks the people in attendence in beating the great maria sharapova physically and with her great ground strokes. Think about what great things people would be saying about Maria Kirilenko if she would had be able to finish the match and truly beat sharapova fair and square. It just seems really coincidential that at that time Maria then chooses to then claim that her injury has reappeared and she will not be able to finish the match. I know her father had alot to do with it. Instead people will say that the only time kirilenko beat sharapova was through a retirement. And what about the stupied Japan Fashion Tour, she seemed okay to play in those matches. :fiery:

Kirilenko was up a set and a break, Maria has come back from that many many times, even worse that that, and she missed many other tournaments too and lost points, she wouldn't do that just because she was losing to Kirilenko, and if what you say is true she would have definitely have stopped playing in Moscow against Groenefeld, what you are saying is simply wrong

navyseals98
Jan 5th, 2006, 10:30 PM
No because the Moscow tournament is a major Tier 1 event and it is in her homeland so she knew it would look bad if she suddenly withdrew with all the excitement of the press around expecting her to win the tournament. She then withdrew from most of the rest of the tournaments until of course the Tour Championships.

morningglory
Jan 6th, 2006, 01:28 AM
uh, who ressurected this thread :confused:
GET OUT! NOW! this forum for Maria's fans only... you can find a similar thread in GM if you wanna dig it up, be my guest....

Maria Croft
Jan 6th, 2006, 08:19 AM
No because the Moscow tournament is a major Tier 1 event and it is in her homeland so she knew it would look bad if she suddenly withdrew with all the excitement of the press around expecting her to win the tournament. She then withdrew from most of the rest of the tournaments until of course the Tour Championships.


After Moscow there was only one tournament left before the YEC anyway :lol:

Go ahead, think what you want, I'm done talking to you

navyseals98
Jan 6th, 2006, 02:10 PM
Thats fine, nice talk, I liked your opinions. Let me get something straight, I may not care for Maria Sharapova but it doesn't mean I hate her, she still is a great tennis player. But why do ya'll hate Lansdorp, he coached great players, just because he had differences with Sharapova? By the way I can't hate Sharapova because she is friends with my favourite tennis player, Maria Kirilenko.