View Full Version : Enough already!!!

May 2nd, 2002, 07:43 PM
I am starting to get sick of it.

Please notice that this isn't against Anna but the media. This is just plain ridiculous.

Anna, ranked # 68 is beaten by # 52 Tina Pisnik in a tier 3 tournament in Croatia.

Players like Martina, Justine, Jelena and Kim, all top 10 playing a tier 2 in Germany win their matches.

However, what's heading the news? Anna's loss. And Anna's photos.

Again, it's not against Anna, but this is just absurd, honestly, they are treating women's tennis as a fashion presentation. It's not only bad for tennis, but I think it's also very negative for Anna.

She is playing a smaller tournament trying to get away and they just won't let her :fiery:

I think at this point Anna really needs to make a decision. The pressure is mounting and will get worse and worse with every tournament.

It seems the only important news are related to Anna. If Martina, or Venus lose is just a detail, but if Anna losses there is a madness by the media to publish it.

I myself am getting sick of this media bullshit :fiery:

May 2nd, 2002, 07:49 PM
I think that's one of the downsides of the Tour trying to promote the "personaly" factor of the players - it just plays into the pre-existing bias that the WTA isn't about a sport, but about the sideshow (not that the media wouldn't do this kind of thing anyway, but I really don't think it helps)

I'm waiting for the next round of "isn't it ridiculous that Anna gets all this media attention" stories by media who've spent the past few months obsessing about her, but act as if it's HER fault.

May 2nd, 2002, 07:52 PM
Fingon, here, have a cup of capucino.
* Tee gives Fingon the beverage to settle his ragged nerves. *

Dawn Marie
May 2nd, 2002, 08:00 PM
When Anna, loses the media will go banANNAS, and when she wins, they will still go banANNAS.

May 2nd, 2002, 08:00 PM
I totally agree with Fingon! I've been sick and tired of all the Anna media coverage for a long time and I'm glad somebody mentioned it... I've never really liked her and the media coverage would annoy me anyway but it would be a little easier to take if she was actually winning and they actually had a reason to write about her... she loses every single week so it's nothing new that it happened this week too... the media really needs to get over her :rolleyes:

Dawn Marie
May 2nd, 2002, 08:03 PM
Also, I think alot of the tennis TV, and Tournaments, need to get with the PROGRAM.

I mean, I heard that ESPN Sportscentury, are going to air a 30 minute program .. about ANNA.. lmao. Right during the French Open.. I say ENOUGH!!

May 2nd, 2002, 08:07 PM
I like Anna. But I'm SICK of the attention she gets. I'd much rather hear about how top players like Venus or Martina win their matches then how Anna loses. What else is new with anna? Why do they act surprised that she loses?? Hopefully she can do better in Warsaw though.

May 2nd, 2002, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by jp
Didn't we have "Anna going to the zoo" all the first week of the Australian Open on their official website :rolleyes: ;)

"I think at this point Anna really needs to make a decision."

Which decision?

I agree, it's stupid, but what can we do about it :rolleyes:

the decision is, will she continue to fire up that media attention or concentrate exclusively in her tennis?

I know that Anna works very hard, despite her endorsements but, this has gotten to a point that makes the situation not workable anymore.

Simple, Anna won't get her career straight unless she takes attention off her. Obvioulsy, playing a smaller tournament does not help.

what does she need to do? well, first do a Justine :eek: , wear a simple and boring outfit, not the latest sexy design from Adidas.

Second, go to play the tournament, from the hotel to the stadium and back, don't go to the zoo, don't go shopping, nothing.

Third, continue her normal endorsements, but stop the videos with Enrique Iglesias and stuff like that.

Surely, that can mean less money for Anna but I think she has enough and she will have to sacrifice something if she wants her career to take off.

Just my opinion.

May 2nd, 2002, 08:28 PM
I now understand why Martina fell out with her.
If i were Martina, i wouldn't play doubles with her any longer. It takes a lot of the attention from the TENNIS itself.

Of course it's not ENTIRELY Anna's fault but you cannot deny that she profits financially from it??? I mean stuff like her Lycos commercial helps to perpetuate these images. Especially the commercial in which she sacked her manager, i cannot even remember what it's for but i can VIVIDLY remember her manager "having ideas"!!!! That was so stereotypical Ad!!!!
She consented to that, making lot of money on the way. It is a 2 way street.

May 2nd, 2002, 09:53 PM
In many ways it's the media which stops Anna winning the titles. I'd predict that if she played your average Tier III tournament - i.e. no cameras, no media there, no pressure - she'd do a lot better. (Notice I still don't say she'd win, I don't have *that* much faith in her.)

May 2nd, 2002, 10:33 PM
Sartrista, if Anna played a challenger, the media would be there even if the other players are in a Grand Slam :mad:

It maybe an exageration but now she is playing a tier 3 while the top players are in a tier 2 and she gets more attention.

What does she play next week? Sopot? I bet there will be more press on Sopot than Berlin :mad:

May 2nd, 2002, 10:37 PM
I agree Fingon, it's so annoying. And it's almost as if they're waiting for the loss, waiting to file it as the major news story of the day regardless of what's going on elsewhere.

May 2nd, 2002, 10:49 PM
I wasn't surprised to see that they have photo's of her arriving, photo's of her practicing, photo's of her sitting, photo's of her playing and of course photo's of her disappointment at the end of the match. They never forget that photo. It does get annoying. I think some of her opponents tend to bring out their "A game" just to get the attention/spot light??? does that make sense??

What I don't like is that the Grand Slams always seem to have one "side show" that they obsess about! It takes away from the little bit of tennis that I do get to see. (recent side show's --> Tax problem of a player, should player A retire, issues w/ parent/coaches)
I have an ill feeling that she will be the next one at the French... it will be all about those photo's.

May 2nd, 2002, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by Fingon

what does she need to do? well, first do a Justine :eek: , wear a simple and boring outfit, not the latest sexy design from Adidas.

It's very likely that Anna is contractually bound by Adidas to wear that outfit. They're paying her millions of dollars, so i guess she has little decision. There were rumours that Adidas were concerned with Anna's performances, which is basically because losing first and second round or playing small events means that she's not seen enough. Hence Adidas will be sending photographers to the smaller tournaments and paying news providers to write stories about her still and publish photos. But it's still not the best for them. They also want her to win.

Martian Martin
May 3rd, 2002, 12:18 AM
I agree the media attention on Anna this week and any week is ridiculous, but Anna's not choosing for it to be like this, she's not telling the media to report on Bol and not Hamburg. Hamburg should be getting more coverage, but blame the media, not Anna.

May 3rd, 2002, 02:35 AM
Martin, yes, you can blame the media, and Adidas and all the sponsor, but Anna isn't totally innocent.

I reckon she is probably trapped, yes Adidas forces her to wear sexy chothes, send photographers, etc. and all the attention keeps focused on her.

But she shouldn't be doing videos with Enrique Iglesias, or participating in movies and that stuff. Ok, it's her choice but now I am convinced that unless she gets away from all that stuff she will never win a title.

She has the talent to be a top 10 player, but the way things are looking now, I doubt she will ever get back to the top 20. Now it isn't if Anna is gonna win her first tournament, it's if Anna is gonna win her first match :eek:

May 3rd, 2002, 02:36 AM
I basically agree with the complaints about Anna getting too much publicity but don't you think the publicity this week is mainly because (1) she's playing in very small Bol and (2) the uproar over the "naked Anna" pics in Penthouse?

I do get sick of seeing headlines about Anna losing yet another match and I have to search for info about Venus and everybody else. It's unfair to the REAL tennis fan in my opinion.

May 3rd, 2002, 02:55 AM
Ok I'm really sick of it... I was just on Yahoo and for this week's tournament, they have the following amount of pictures of these players:

Anna(who lost in the lower tier event)- 20
And the top three seeds all winning in Hamburg:
Venus Williams- 10
Kim Clijsters- 0 :(
Martina Hingis- 2 :(

This does NOT make sense!! And I know it's the media's fault but only partly... IMO Anna has something to do with all the attention she gets. Sure she has a contract with Addidas but who signed that contract? And she had a contract with Addidas which means she has to wear their clothes, does it mean they must be revealing?

May 3rd, 2002, 05:51 AM
:wavey: :wavey: :wavey: MARTIN!!

If you think she's getting too much coverage now, just wait until she FINALLY wins a tourney. Chances are, in some places, it will be the top sports story.

Jay Leno joked about her possible lawsuit against Penthouse. He said that ironically, she may win IN court before she wins ON court.

Dawn Marie
May 3rd, 2002, 06:00 AM
Hi gsutiger:wavey:

LOL@that Leno comment. Also there is ANNAMANIA when she wins a point, as well as when she loses a match. It's way too much. I think the media people are making tennis out to be a joke by selling Kournikova, like this. Media has got to stop pimping her image, as their are so many quality players besides Anna. Anna really should take her money and begin to change her image, aswell. I think it's time for her to sell her tennis skills, and cut short the T&A endorsements. Personally I don't think she wants to as she just made that stereotypical Video and Commercial. Seriously, I don't think she cares that nobody is taking her seriously anymore.

May 3rd, 2002, 07:56 AM
its too much, honestly, nothing against anna but i really don't think given her achievements, she deserves to get even more money/attention than those great players as hingis, sampras etc :rolleyes:

May 3rd, 2002, 10:29 AM
Sex sells.
The media is dominated by men who are enamored by cute blondes.
It is not anna's fault. It is not from the work of her agents.

The media has run this subject, as they have many other subjects, completely into the ground.

May 3rd, 2002, 12:26 PM
Exclude me, Anna never annoys me.

What would you do if you're a media when suddenly a beautiful blonde sexy girl stepped into Wimbledon Semi? You'd do the same thing. In this world, money comes first--refered to the capitalism principal.

Anna to quit acting, commercial, etc? I, as an anna fan, have no idea. Two sides are fighting in my mind, One says : quit it, that annoys your attention. Another one : follow your dream, you may not have 2nd chance to do so. Did everyone know one of Anna's ambition is Hollywood? Anything she's fine, I'm fine, either way.

Anna in Juju outfit? Can't think about it. This really doesn't make sense. And oh--it seems like Juju already has an excuse for the top ten ousting after this Wim.

I dunno what to please you guys. Maybe Your fave on headlines w/o any anna news in the paper. My suggestion : RENAISSANCE.

Martian Martin
May 3rd, 2002, 12:56 PM
Hi Gsu!! :wavey:
See it's comments like that from Jay Leno that piss me off, I know he's an entertainer, but exactly how much tennis does he know?. I don't mind when it's so called tennis experts that bash Anna, because at least they watch the game, but when it's people who don't watch the game or have no interest in it at all, that's when it really annoys me :mad:

I agree Fingon though about doing the video with Enrique Iglesias, I saw it the other day for the first time and after seeing it I thought, Anna what are you doing?. I don't think there is anything wrong in Anna doing other things she's done, commericals, all that sort of thing. But doing a video, and playing the role she did in the video, that was wrong and I think a very very bad move on Anna's part.

If Anna has got an ambition to act after tennis, then that's fine. Alexandra Stevenson has said the same thing hasn't she?. But I don't hear people complaining about that, what people do after tennis, is up to them.

If Anna started wearing Justine type outfits, then it would stop the attention?!. No I don't think so, the reason why Justine doesn't get the attention she probably should, isn't because of what she wears.

Finally I have to agree with Tee Rexx, which I didn't expect to have to say ;), but he's right about the media and agents. That's just how the world works these days, to get attention you don't have to be the best, you just have to look the best, and that's how it is with almost all things like sport, actresses, actors, music, absolutely everything. It's not right, but it's just how it is.

Williams Rulez
May 3rd, 2002, 03:20 PM
Anna just has so much starpower, I mean, she brings the media around wherever she goes, and yeah, it does get a little annoying that Anna gets so much press over nothing, but well, with starpower comes the media attention... :)

I think if she some how gets rid of the media, she'd do better for sure, she might have far less pressure :)