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xan
Apr 4th, 2006, 12:36 PM
I'm having a problem at the moment with a lot of the media reporting on Maria.

For example now. She's just had a period of playing some of her best tennis, excellent results. Almost did the hardest double in Tennis, and most of the reporting is negative. Trivial rubbish about the Golovin match or the aeroplane is blown up, and there's nothing about her tennis achievements.

It was the same during the Australian Open - where the press seemed primed from the start to make trouble about everything to do with Maria from Yuri, to her grunt, to her supposed "attitude".

They seem determined to paint Maria as some evil, hard-edged tennis diva-villainess - and it seems to be affecting her on-court popularity.

In particular she is never mentioned now on TV or in the opress without some reference to how hugely rich she supposedly is - and I'm sure this turns a lot of people against her.

In fact she is a pauper compared to the likes of Beckham, rooney, NBA stars, Tiger Woods, even Agassi and Serena! Yet other players do not get this "fabulously wealthy Andre Agassi," or "super-rich Lindsay Davenport" intro.

Maria Croft
Apr 4th, 2006, 01:09 PM
That's what you get when you're high at the top, they try to bring you down, the only way for the media to love her is if she is at the bottom.

If you look at it like that I would prefer it if they didn't like her lol

A good example is Mariah Carey, the media portrayed her as a blood sucking evil diva bitch (I like Mariah by the way) when she was at the top a few years ago, when everything would go to number one. Then when Glitter flopped in 2001 they turned around, all of a sudden Mariah was nice and great and fantastic and now she's back at the top again and slowly the hate will come back, the longer you are at the top the more hate you create, that's the price you play for being famous and rich.
Sad but true, now that Maria is all that the media will take every opportunity they get (and if there arenít any create ones) to make Maria look like a cold evil person, thatís the way it is.

Dan23
Apr 4th, 2006, 01:46 PM
Agreed Xan, it was definitely the case here for the AO. The general sports fan would be forgiven for thinking Maria didnt do well at the AO let alone making the SF after turning up with no match practice and being unable to train between matches. There was too much drama going on over the shrieking and the baby-doll dress.
It does take away from her achievements and puts people against her...unfortunately I doubt theres much that can be done (aside from writing letters to tennis magazines ;) )

tennisrox
Apr 4th, 2006, 02:20 PM
In particular she is never mentioned now on TV or in the opress without some reference to how hugely rich she supposedly is - and I'm sure this turns a lot of people against her.

In fact she is a pauper compared to the likes of Beckham, rooney, NBA stars, Tiger Woods, even Agassi and Serena! Yet other players do not get this "fabulously wealthy Andre Agassi," or "super-rich Lindsay Davenport" intro.

She earns a LOT more than Rooney. Outside the UK, who the heck gives a damn about him? He's no hunk. Her annual income is more than Serena, not far off Beckham, and i'm pretty sure Agassi never earned 18.2 million a year. She's 18, attractive, a global superstar, and rolling in money. People are going to find things to complain about. Michelle Wie will face the same hate.
Come to think of it, I can't fathom why Tiger Woods doesn't get bashed more. He's HUGELY overpaid.

This is called a backlash. It happens to everyone who's a superstar. You probably didn't follow the brit media when David Beckham got sent off in the world cup, or after Euro '04. That was what I call vicious media.

shadowsecret
Apr 4th, 2006, 02:28 PM
She earns a LOT more than Rooney. Outside the UK, who the heck gives a damn about him? He's no hunk. Her annual income is more than Serena, not far off Beckham, and i'm pretty sure Agassi never earned 18.2 million a year. She's 18, attractive, a global superstar, and rolling in money. People are going to find things to complain about. Michelle Wie will face the same hate.
Come to think of it, I can't fathom why Tiger Woods doesn't get bashed more. He's HUGELY overpaid.

This is called a backlash. It happens to everyone who's a superstar. You probably didn't follow the brit media when David Beckham got sent off in the world cup, or after Euro '04. That was what I call vicious media.

michelle wie is SO gonna face the same hate.. she'll have the usual love-hate relationship with the media.. i think tiger woods gets bashed sometimes just not that often.. and what happened to beckham was very bad..
i just hope the media focus on the good stuffs a little more.. i mean maria REALLY can play tennis even if she's not dominating the tour..

TeaMMashA
Apr 4th, 2006, 02:39 PM
The media are dogs they love to put people that are at the top down, its just best to ignore them and go with what really matters, they way you portray maria yourself

tennisrox
Apr 4th, 2006, 03:02 PM
michelle wie is SO gonna face the same hate.. she'll have the usual love-hate relationship with the media.. i think tiger woods gets bashed sometimes just not that often.. and what happened to beckham was very bad..
i just hope the media focus on the good stuffs a little more.. i mean maria REALLY can play tennis even if she's not dominating the tour..

Michelle Wie is going to get it worse. Tennis is popular all over the world, and with all kinds of people. Women's golf is a niche sport. People bought Maria's issue of SI all over the world, and people who don't know squat about tennis watch maria's matches. Who the fuck wants to watch women's golf? Don't mind maria getting paid a bomb for being an athlete, but not people who walk around all day (Call Phil Mickelson an athlete! :o ) .

Doc
Apr 4th, 2006, 03:49 PM
She earns a LOT more than Rooney. Outside the UK, who the heck gives a damn about him? He's no hunk. Her annual income is more than Serena, not far off Beckham, and i'm pretty sure Agassi never earned 18.2 million a year. She's 18, attractive, a global superstar, and rolling in money. People are going to find things to complain about. Michelle Wie will face the same hate.
Come to think of it, I can't fathom why Tiger Woods doesn't get bashed more. He's HUGELY overpaid.

This is called a backlash. It happens to everyone who's a superstar. You probably didn't follow the brit media when David Beckham got sent off in the world cup, or after Euro '04. That was what I call vicious media.

Maria's alleged income is greatly over-inflated. I doubt its anywhere near the figures that are always repeated. even if all her major sponsors were paying her a Million dollars a year, (which many aren't) it wouldn't be close.

I've watched while journos have taken total 3 year contract deals, featuring top possible earnings with bonuses, and then write it up as her ANNUAL income. Andre Agassi and even Serena could buy and sell Maria, since they have had the income streams build up over years.

Look at Maria's house. She bought a four bedroom beachfront house last year, which she shares with her parents. Beckham, Rooney and a lot of others wouldn't even look at such a house. But it's Maria who always gets introduced not for what she's done, but as Miss Moneybags. That isn't on when they don't introduce Lindsay or Kim or Agassi or Serena in the same way. All have made millions from tennis and endorsements, but only with Maria do we get it repeated in every article and TV commentary - so its all most people know about her.

myxomatosis
Apr 4th, 2006, 05:45 PM
The media thrive on gossip and controversy, and the general public seems to eat it up. Just look at how many celebrity gossip magazines are out there (US Weekly, People, In Touch etc.)

In general athletes don't face the kind of scrutiny that movie stars, singers, etc. do. That's why Kim and Lindsay don't get a lot of media coverage going into their personal lives. But Maria really transcends just being an athlete. She's young, beautiful, talented and rich. People who don't know a thing about tennis know who Maria Sharapova is (just ask my housemates). She's been marketed so that she has broad cross-over appeal.

But the media are fickle and they're just looking to increase readership/viewership. So they create crap about Maria making $20-odd million dollars per year. About her being an ice queen diva. Controversy is what catches people's eyes, and with Maria's superstar status among the general public, she's a prime target for gossip and controversy. Gossip magazines wouldn't sell nearly as many copies if they just stuck to the facts. Who wants to read an article every week about how nice Kim is? Unless you're a fan, it gets boring really fast.

Mother_Marjorie
Apr 5th, 2006, 04:29 AM
Chris Evert was first pegged with the "Ice Maiden" label by the media early in her career. However, as her career progressed, you heard it mentioned less and less.

I think the media is just testing the waters in how to label Sharapova. Mainstream media has progressively become tabloidish in its content and anything that they think strays away from the norm for Sharapova will be exploited. One recent example is the Miami semifinals. The media intentionally invented a story that did not reflect Maria's actions or thoughts, then published it as fact. Justine Henin-Hardenne was also a recepient of similar actions by the media during the Australian Open finals.

In their eternal search for something to report, the media will likely be a thorn in Maria's side until she reaches an age when her career begins winding down, and then they'll leave her alone.

For now, get used to the ridiculousness. And if its too much to bear, send an email to the publisher and complain.

Stone-Cold Marjorie

WC6320
Apr 5th, 2006, 10:33 AM
I agree what everyone is saying, but howcome rodger federer doesn't fall into the category of "celebrities hated by the media"??

xan
Apr 5th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Maria needs to watch out for the media now and be ready for them, because they seem to be in "Get Maria" mode. If they haven't got a story, then they'll try to do an angle on Maria. I can predict that the grunting thing will be played up big again at Wimbledon after the AO circus.

There's not a lot Maria can do about that, other than try gradually to lower the note of her grunt (I think she needs to grunt now), so its less piercing.

She really needs to get positive stories in the press before the attacks start

myxomatosis
Apr 5th, 2006, 05:49 PM
I'm not so sure that there will be major attacks on her grunting at Wimbledon this year. They made such a big deal about it last year, that it seems like old news now. Of course, if they can't find anything new to attack her for, then the grunting will always be a fall-back for the media.
Federer doesn't get attacked because he's just too boring. A lot of people who don't follow tennis know of him, but I wouldn't really call him a celebrity outside of the tennis world. Maria is and thus, Maria gets attacked.

Maria Croft
Apr 5th, 2006, 10:37 PM
Maria needs to watch out for the media now and be ready for them, because they seem to be in "Get Maria" mode. If they haven't got a story, then they'll try to do an angle on Maria. I can predict that the grunting thing will be played up big again at Wimbledon after the AO circus.

There's not a lot Maria can do about that, other than try gradually to lower the note of her grunt (I think she needs to grunt now), so its less piercing.

She really needs to get positive stories in the press before the attacks start


There is nothing Maria can do about this, doesnít matter how many good stories there are, the bad ones, fake or not will always be the ones the media rights and talks bout, it gets ugly every now and then, I just hope that Maria doesn't read all this crap from reporters and such, because they are just so mean. as long as Maria keeps winning the media will be on her like a group of Hyenaís.

And the reason why Federer isn't bashed by the media is because he isn't a pretty blonde girl, it's as simple as that.

whenstarsfall
Apr 5th, 2006, 11:44 PM
Maria is at the top so the media will bash her and when she's at bottom (not saying that will happen anytime soon) they'll bash her then too. Example is Roddick. They bashed him when he was at the top and now since he isn't doing so well they're talking about him like he's a has been. They bash you no matter which end you're at.

It may bug you but just ignore it. The media is a vicious cycle that goes round and round. Don't get caught up in it. It's how they thrive and people will continue to buy into it.

And the reason why Federer isn't bashed by the media is because he isn't a pretty blonde girl, it's as simple as that.

Haha, so true.

Doc
Apr 6th, 2006, 02:51 AM
It's annoying when the media pick on Maria for grunting, but never say a word about other players. Particularly Nadal, is really loud, but there's never a word about it. The media suddenly turn deaf. If she is attacked again, Maria should ask why the don't go after the other grunting players on the tour.

Generally, I think the media run in a cycle.

STAGE 1: New player, exciting talent. Praised to the heights.

STAGE 2: Player is successful. Time to try to tear that player down with negative reporting.

STAGE 3: Player survives attacks and continues successful. Player becomes "national treasure", and is beyond criticism.

We've seen this with Navratlova, Graf, Agassi and others.

canoe.
Apr 6th, 2006, 03:23 AM
The media intentionally invented a story that did not reflect Maria's actions or thoughts, then published it as fact. I agree. They look to create drama where there wasn't any. I downloaded the match with Golovan, and I don't see what the bruhahah was.

The only time Maria was booed was the two times she left the court. She was NOT booed when Tati was down. It was clear all she was doing was waiting, and staying loose. There was no malice in her actions. That didn't stop the media hypocrisy/histrionics though. :retard:

I'm going to say it: if the match invovled two males, and one was "shadow boxing" while waiting for their opponent to be treated, there would not have been any controversy.

As for the bathroom breaks, and treatment on court... those are the rules set out by the sport. If ppl, and journalists don't like the rules take it up with the brass in the sport...don't take it out on the players!

whenstarsfall
Apr 6th, 2006, 01:24 PM
The first bathroom break I could understand. If she really had to go she really had to go (if that was the case). Not sure what the second one was for (did she have to change?). The thing that bugged me was that they should have let her take those trips on HER serve, not her opponent's. I wouldn't fault Maria on this, it's the officials that aren't enforcing these rules. But players abuse these rules all the time (Pierce, Roddick, the list goes on).

I've noticed she's been taking breaks a lot lately. She took a break on Petrova's serve in the 2005 US Open quarter. That was when someone said she was in the locker room supposedly crying and slamming her fist againt the wall. She came out with that determined look and was all composed again.

I think she goes off court when she's really upset to compose herself. She obviously has a hard time doing it on court (I bet especially since the Miami crowd was booing at her). She needs to get away from the court and the crowd for a few minutes.

The grunt will always be attacked because it can get downright ridiculous at times (like 2005 Wimbledon semi). I don't think she can really help that. I can pretty much tell how important a point is to her by her grunt (it gets really loud when a match is tight or a point is really important). Nadal is very noisy but there's something about Maria's grunt that sets it apart. It's the pitch that bugs some people. The players are used to it, I've never heard them complain (except for Dechy in 2003). I think it's the people who are watching that don't necessarily want to listen to her grunt get louder and louder while they're watching a match. It can get very distracting I bet.

Just my opinion. Rip away, lol.

xan
Apr 6th, 2006, 01:38 PM
Maria doesn't actually take that many bathroom breaks - particularly when compared to some players. She just gets picked out since she is a more high profile player. So an urban legend will soon emerge that she is the bathroom break queen. :rolleyes:

I think Maria and her entourage can do positive things to counter bad reporting. She did have a go at the Australian Press in her last press conference, but she needs to be more specific about unfair targetting especially just before a big match. Launching a personal hate campaign on a sport personality when they are about to compete is unforgivable, I think, and amounts to cheating.

More positively Maria needs to generate more positive stories, such as training youngsters, charitable visits etc, (which she already does) to counteract the rubbish.

Maria Croft
Apr 6th, 2006, 08:01 PM
Maria doesn't actually take that many bathroom breaks - particularly when compared to some players. She just gets picked out since she is a more high profile player. So an urban legend will soon emerge that she is the bathroom break queen. :rolleyes:

I think Maria and her entourage can do positive things to counter bad reporting. She did have a go at the Australian Press in her last press conference, but she needs to be more specific about unfair targetting especially just before a big match. Launching a personal hate campaign on a sport personality when they are about to compete is unforgivable, I think, and amounts to cheating.

More positively Maria needs to generate more positive stories, such as training youngsters, charitable visits etc, (which she already does) to counteract the rubbish.

Seriously, I think you're overreacting about all this

All I know is that if Maria were to say something about the media targeting her it would backfire on her, the hate and gossip would only get bigger, it's not her problem that the media wants to talk about her, and there is nothing she can do about it, well maybe a little, but that's hardly worth her energy

Doc
Apr 7th, 2006, 12:34 AM
The media pressure can affect players. We saw that with Monica. I feel sure that the Australian situation - where Maria was hounded from Day 1 - was very bad. They were looking for negative stories, hounding everyone they could find to try to make them make negative comments about Maria or her dad.

That sort of pressure on anyone - let alone a teenage girl - is hard to ignore, and its hard to keep your mind just on tennis with the papers and TV full of rubbish about you. In a tight match, like the Justine one. That sort of distraction can make the difference. Very few athletes have to cope with that sort of interference from the sidelines.

Maria Croft
Apr 7th, 2006, 07:01 AM
The media pressure can affect players. We saw that with Monica. I feel sure that the Australian situation - where Maria was hounded from Day 1 - was very bad. They were looking for negative stories, hounding everyone they could find to try to make them make negative comments about Maria or her dad.

That sort of pressure on anyone - let alone a teenage girl - is hard to ignore, and its hard to keep your mind just on tennis with the papers and TV full of rubbish about you. In a tight match, like the Justine one. That sort of distraction can make the difference. Very few athletes have to cope with that sort of interference from the sidelines.

I agree that it's tough

But I don't think that Maria hears the same stories we hear, I think Yuri and her team try to keep that as far away from her as possible, not just because she has to focus on tennis, but also because she's only 18, no one at that age (if you are ever) is ready to be attacked by the media like she is.

But the media was always there, even before she was a big name (remember Birmingham 2003) I hope she's already a little used to the fact that they target her.

But still I think that there is nothing she can do about it right now, they will only look at her with respect when her career is over

~lollipop_girl~
Apr 7th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Maria doesn't actually take that many bathroom breaks - particularly when compared to some players. She just gets picked out since she is a more high profile player. So an urban legend will soon emerge that she is the bathroom break queen. :rolleyes:


Or that she has a bladder infection!

xan
Apr 7th, 2006, 04:43 PM
I do think Maria's team has to do more to manage her publicity and get out positive stories about her. Even with the, cheer-the-underdog factor, to have the majority of the (hometown) Miami crowd rooting against her in a match shouldn't happen. Especially when she is the player who helped organize a benefit event for Florida hurricane victims. :o

myxomatosis
Apr 7th, 2006, 05:24 PM
But still I think that there is nothing she can do about it right now, they will only look at her with respect when her career is over
Exactly. Look how the media would rip apart Hingis (coincidently when she was right around Maria's age now). Now it's almost like her return is the Second Coming. The articles have been so gushingly sweet, you'd never guess that there was ever anything negative said about her before.

Maria's team has to have expected a backlash at some point. She's far too well-known and popular for there not to be one. Hopefully they just have a good plan in place to deal with it.

Edward.
Apr 7th, 2006, 10:34 PM
Who cares about the media?

Maria is a world star, who is earning millions a year, playing a sport I'm sure she loves.

The twats who write about her are earning a relative pittance, sitting in a boring office every day. Nobody knows or cares who they are.

Its not hard to see that jealousy will set in.

whenstarsfall
Apr 7th, 2006, 11:35 PM
Even with the, cheer-the-underdog factor, to have the majority of the (hometown) Miami crowd rooting against her in a match shouldn't happen. Especially when she is the player who helped organize a benefit event for Florida hurricane victims. :o

That will happen no matter what. People like the underdog, especially Americans. I don't think they care if she did a benefit. They're there for the tennis and if the underdog can upset the other player then that means more competitive tennis.

Doc
Apr 8th, 2006, 08:43 PM
I've just sent a complaint to Eurosport! :fiery:

During the medical time-out in the Kuznetzova - Schiavone match, a new male commentator (not Simon Reed!) decided to start talking about strategic medical and toilet breaks. Then he suddenly started attacking Maria, saying that she had taken a toilet break and a medical break ??? at times of benefit to her in the Golovin match in Miami, saying she was doing this to get an advantage!

Apart from the inaccuracy, this is just libel. He can have no possible evidence of Maria's supposed underhand motivation for taking those breaks in a long match. The remarks were totally improper - and why pick on Maria at all, when she is not playing, is certainly not the worst offender in taking mid-match breaks, and was not there to defend herself.

I think this e-mail address works for Eurosport
comheadoffice@eurosport.co.uk (comheadoffice@eurosport.co.uk)

johnoo
Apr 8th, 2006, 09:10 PM
I've just sent a complaint to Eurosport! :fiery:

During the medical time-out in the Kuznetzova - Schiavone match, a new male commentator (not Simon Reed!) decided to start talking about strategic medical and toilet breaks. Then he suddenly started attacking Maria, saying that she had taken a toilet break and a medical break ??? at times of benefit to her in the Golovin match in Miami, saying she was doing this to get an advantage!

Apart from the inaccuracy, this is just libel. He can have no possible evidence of Maria's supposed underhand motivation for taking those breaks in a long match. The remarks were totally improper - and why pick on Maria at all, when she is not playing, is certainly not the worst offender in taking mid-match breaks, and was not there to defend herself.

I think this e-mail address works for Eurosport
comheadoffice@eurosport.co.uk (comheadoffice@eurosport.co.uk)

I agree, his remarks were totally unacceptable and I have sent a email to eurosport with the email address you have provided.

johnoo
Apr 8th, 2006, 09:13 PM
that email address don't work
A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

comheadoffice@eurosport.co.uk
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host mailhost.eurosport.com [193.109.87.57]: 554 <comheadoffice@eurosport.co.uk>:
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johnoo
Apr 8th, 2006, 09:20 PM
this is the email to contact british eurosport about tv
rfinn@eurosport.com

Doc
Apr 8th, 2006, 09:29 PM
That's curious. I got a rejection bounce-back from programmes@eurosport.co.uk but not from the one above. I've just re-sent my letter to comheadoffice@

Other addresses I have are network@eurosport.com and enquiries@eurosport.co.uk but I haven't tried those yet.

Eurosport seem to change their e-mail addresses quite often and not to publicise them on their web site.

Doc
Apr 8th, 2006, 09:43 PM
this is the email to contact british eurosport about tv
rfinn@eurosport.com

Thanks. I'll give that a try too! :wavey:

Who's R. Finn. Any relation to L. Finn? (of Middle earth)

Steve-o
Apr 8th, 2006, 10:37 PM
Yeah, it's dissappointing that he used Maria to make his point on the toilet/medical break issue and Nigel Sears agreed with him. :smash: I lose more respect for Nigel everytime he commentates for ES.

Edward.
Apr 8th, 2006, 11:05 PM
"Never argue with an idiot. They'll just bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience."

myxomatosis
Apr 8th, 2006, 11:16 PM
"Never argue with an idiot. They'll just bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience."

:lol: :worship:

TeaMMashA
Apr 9th, 2006, 12:01 AM
"Never argue with an idiot. They'll just bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience."

Thats a cool quote :lol:

Edward.
Apr 9th, 2006, 12:13 AM
Thats a cool quote :lol:

Indeed.

Its well applied to the Cockroaches on the GM.

TeaMMashA
Apr 9th, 2006, 12:28 AM
Indeed.

Its well applied to the Cockroaches on the GM.

:lol: try an stop that latest discussion i did it got ignored beyond a joke 4 pages long in 3 hours! thats an arguement noone can win just non stop biccuring

Maria Croft
Apr 9th, 2006, 08:25 AM
"Never argue with an idiot. They'll just bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience."


:lol: so true