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spiceboy
May 8th, 2006, 10:39 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/living/stories/0506lvanna.html

Q&A
Kournikova: 'I don't regret a thing that happened'

By A. SCOTT WALTON (swalton@ajc.com)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/06/06
Life as a magnet for tabloid rumors hasn't affected Anna Kournikova too adversely. The prospects for life after tennis don't discourage her either.

Kournikova, who's scheduled to compete today in the Mercedes-Benz Classic, made an appearance Friday at the Adidas Y-3 boutique in Buckhead. About 150 invited guests and reporters were visibly captivated by the willowly blonde. Kournikova, 24, spoke candidly to a reporter about the media attention given her.

Q: Has the [tabloid] media ever gotten anything right about you?

A: Some things. And sometimes their criticism was right, too. I'm not perfect. I'm sure I've made mistakes.

Q: Do you get tired of answering the question of whether you're officially retired?

A: Not at all. I understand that people want to know. I want to know too, and I'd really like to put it to rest. But I really don't know in my mind and in my heart yet. Until I do, they're going to keep asking. Once I decide if I am going to play or if I'm not, there'll be some kind of announcement. There's no timeline.

Q: Who are your role models for life after tennis?

A: I really respect and admire Oprah and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan — they're remarkable women. ... They inspire me. Another one is Reese Witherspoon. She's got an amazing career and a family, and she's so young. And she has values. ... The people I most respect are the ones that work hard and achieve and give back to the community. They don't live isolated lives; they're actually part of the world.

Q: What's the next career move for you?

A: One of my passions is working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I love being with kids and, since tennis has given me so much, it's only right for me to give back. I want to encourage kids to get into sports, whether it's professionally or recreationally. Another passion of mine is the sports and fitness industry. I'm writing a column for Elle magazine. And I'm working on getting some DVDs out there focused on sports and fitness. Basically, my goal is to take the things I've learned as a professional athlete and trying to help women feel better about themselves and lead healthier lives.

Q: How would you feel if, 20 years from now, your name was more closely associated with Maxim magazine than Sports Illustrated?

A: I can't worry about what they're saying 20 years from now. I made those decisions ... well, I didn't really make those decisions, someone else made them for me. I was 18 back then, and I had managers and God knows who else advising me. Those decisions were made under certain circumstances, and I don't regret a thing that happened. If those things hadn't happened, I wouldn't be the person that I am today.

Q: Some say you are married to [singer] Enrique Iglesias, some say you aren't. What's the truth about that relationship?

A: I've been married already six times. I've been pregnant four. I've been divorced seven. What else has happened? Oh, yeah, we've been dating other people 500 times. In reality, everything is fine. He's finishing up a new album and he can't wait until it comes out. I'm very happy.

Ravsieg
May 8th, 2006, 10:51 PM
It was irony towards the media.

MrSerenaWilliams
May 8th, 2006, 10:53 PM
so....has she? I mean how can she be married 6 times and divorced 7? is she patronizing the paparazzi?

furrykitten
May 8th, 2006, 10:55 PM
If she gets herself fit I still cannot see why she couldn't make a comeback, but I guess its her life, she can waste her talent.

hablo
May 8th, 2006, 10:55 PM
so....has she? I mean how can she be married 6 times and divorced 7? is she patronizing the paparazzi?
no, she's being sarcastic :lol:
She was married briefly to Sergei Fedorov though :p

furrykitten
May 8th, 2006, 10:56 PM
so....has she? I mean how can she be married 6 times and divorced 7? is she patronizing the paparazzi?

She's being sarcastic

Shenanigans
May 8th, 2006, 10:56 PM
so....has she? I mean how can she be married 6 times and divorced 7? is she patronizing the paparazzi?

The europeans often accuse Americans of not understanding irony!!!

Ryan
May 8th, 2006, 10:56 PM
She's being sarcastic.

furrykitten
May 8th, 2006, 10:56 PM
no, she's being sarcastic :lol:
She was married briefly to Sergei Fedorov though :p

I was your echo then!

WhatTheDeuce
May 8th, 2006, 10:57 PM
That was sarcasm. :rolleyes:

spiceboy
May 8th, 2006, 10:57 PM
It was irony towards the media.

Really? How naive I am :angel:

new-york
May 8th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Kourni-lol.

Buitenzorg
May 8th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Kourni sounds so Hor*y :rolleyes:

spiceboy
May 8th, 2006, 11:03 PM
The europeans often accuse Americans of not understanding irony!!!

You are so right...how I didn't guess that was irony? :tape:

charmedRic
May 8th, 2006, 11:24 PM
**dies of laughter**

CrossCourt~Rally
May 8th, 2006, 11:30 PM
The europeans often accuse Americans of not understanding irony!!!


:lol: :spit:

iPatty
May 8th, 2006, 11:32 PM
The europeans often accuse Americans of not understanding irony!!!

I'm not sure irony was the word you were looking for there. Try sarcasm. And it was very obvious to me, as an American. :lol: :rolleyes:

Steffica Greles
May 8th, 2006, 11:34 PM
She seems like she's mellowed out into a really nice person. I like her.

Steffica Greles
May 8th, 2006, 11:35 PM
The europeans often accuse Americans of not understanding irony!!!

Not being funny, but the English accuse just about everybody of not understanding their sarcasm and irony. But if your first language is French or German then it's understandable I guess :)

UDACHi
May 8th, 2006, 11:40 PM
Anna. :yeah: :lol:

Greenout
May 8th, 2006, 11:55 PM
This is actually a good interview. Anna was never known for her sense of humour when she was on tour, but how can you with the sort of hounding tennis media bugggin the shit out of your DF's. She seems to give real answers now, not the parrot routine cliche comments we heard a million times, and interchangeable from one player to another.

She seems so much more happier not playing. Good for her.

Joana
May 8th, 2006, 11:56 PM
I'm not sure irony was the word you were looking for there. Try sarcasm. And it was very obvious to me, as an American. :lol: :rolleyes:

Anna wasn't being sarcastic. She was being ironic.

cellophane
May 9th, 2006, 12:00 AM
Anna wasn't being sarcastic. She was being ironic.

Hm, I'd say she was being sarcastic. :scratch:

Steffica Greles
May 9th, 2006, 12:13 AM
But don't you use irony in sarcasm?

Summer Snow
May 9th, 2006, 12:16 AM
Hm, I'd say she was being sarcastic. :scratch:
I would sya I agree with you ;) :p

iPatty
May 9th, 2006, 12:17 AM
Anna wasn't being sarcastic. She was being ironic.

Nope, it was definitely sarcasm.

vogus
May 9th, 2006, 12:20 AM
50$ vcash to whoever can explain the difference between irony and sarcasm.

Those morons at the Atlanta Constitution don't even know Kourny has already been out of tennis for three years.

Joana
May 9th, 2006, 12:20 AM
But don't you use irony in sarcasm?

Yes, but the way I see it sarcasm is something meant to be malicous and intended to hurt the person directed to. I don't see that intention here. I doubt people from Serbia would call Anna's words sarcastic, but ironic instead.

I have noticed, however, that other cultures, have different understanding of irony and sarcasm or make no difference between them whatsoever.

Steffica Greles
May 9th, 2006, 12:24 AM
One (;) ) must understand irony, even if the grasp is only subliminal, in order to employ sarcasm.Surely?

cellophane
May 9th, 2006, 12:26 AM
Yes, but the way I see it sarcasm is something meant to be malicous and intended to hurt the person directed to. I don't see that intention here. I doubt people from Serbia would call Anna's words sarcastic, but ironic instead.

I have noticed, however, that other cultures, have different understanding of irony and sarcasm or make no difference between them whatsoever.

No, sarcasm is definitely not necessarily malicious, at least the meaning of it in English.

And, yes, actually I see where you are coming from, because that's the meaning "sarcasm" has in Russian - it's usually malicious. "Irony" also has a different meaning in Russian vs. English. In this case, in Russian, you'd probably say she was being ironic.

morningglory
May 9th, 2006, 12:59 AM
Way to tell'em Anna! :yeah:
Instead of "I don't talk about my personal life" Maria should go for some of those lines too.

Williamsser
May 9th, 2006, 01:05 AM
They just showed her with Enrique at the Miami Heat game.

Brooklyn90
May 9th, 2006, 01:08 AM
so why did she quit tennis is the first place? Was it an injury?

Mattographer
May 9th, 2006, 01:08 AM
She being sarcastic :)

Jeff
May 9th, 2006, 01:13 AM
Yeah she was being sarcastic. This is a very good example of how easy it can be to take things out of context. Probably she said that in a sarcastic way, laughing. But just by reading it you wouldn't know.

Stamp Paid
May 9th, 2006, 01:20 AM
Yes thats definitely sarcasm.

An infamous thief getting something stole from him, thats ironic.

Shenanigans
May 9th, 2006, 01:47 AM
Yes thats definitely sarcasm.

An infamous thief getting something stole from him, thats ironic.

Yes that is Alanis's school of irony.

mike/topgun
May 9th, 2006, 09:09 AM
It was sarcasm all the way in the last answer she gave in that interview...
It's a pitty she's had so many injuries which forced her to choose another way of life...mostly off the court. She was very enertaining to watch;) and also as a player she's had a great talent and heart to compete with the best...but she's wasted it...
She's still an ambasador for the sport:)

silverwhite
May 9th, 2006, 09:30 AM
One (;) ) must understand irony, even if the grasp is only subliminal, in order to employ sarcasm.Surely?

Not necessarily. Sarcasm can be achieved with the aid of irony or otherwise. :p

mauresmofan
May 9th, 2006, 12:03 PM
50$ vcash to whoever can explain the difference between irony and sarcasm.


Irony is best known as a figure of speech (more precisely called verbal irony) in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says, and what is understood. It can also be considered a twist of fate where an eventual event relates back to a particular quote. All the different senses of irony, however, revolve around the notion of incongruity, or a gap between our understanding and what actually happens.


Sarcasm is sneering, jesting, or mocking a person, situation or thing. It is often used in a humourous or ironic manner and is expressed through vocal inotations such as over-emphasizing the actual statement or particular words.

Now give me my $50 vcash

CooCooCachoo
May 9th, 2006, 12:33 PM
:rolls: @ people thinking she was serious.

miffedmax
May 9th, 2006, 02:08 PM
Sarcasm? Irony? No, I think the sadness and stress of not being on the tour has finally snapped poor Anna's mind. She's having delusions of grandeur, and thinks she's Sesil.

Maryamator
May 9th, 2006, 02:10 PM
That was sarcasm. :rolleyes:
yeah, thats what i thought lol

goldenlox
May 9th, 2006, 03:40 PM
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1481/kiss1fk.jpg

http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/f8a4cec9-8331-4823-aad0-1cccba2004cc.jpg

Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias are seen during Game 1 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs between the New Jersey Nets and the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Monday, May 8, 2006. (AP Photo/J.Pat Carter)

LH2HBH
May 9th, 2006, 03:42 PM
This is most certainly not irony. Not even close, there is no way anyone with an a post-secondary English education would ever construe this to be irony.

It is sarcasm. Sarcasm can be subtle, wry or clever. It does not need to be jeering, sneering, ill-willed, or any of the other things I have read here.