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carling
Jun 16th, 2006, 05:27 AM
Anna and Enrique at the Heat game June 14, 2006 (scroll down). Anna's still the bomb, baby! :worship:

http://www.hollywoodtuna.com/index.php?paged=2

Justeenium
Jun 16th, 2006, 05:28 AM
red x's :retard:

drake3781
Jun 16th, 2006, 12:57 PM
Still waiting for the day when Anna K talk is deemed "Non-Tennis". Will it come soon? :confused: I think it should.

Ryan
Jun 16th, 2006, 01:00 PM
:drool: God, I love her so much. :p

Jackson.
Jun 16th, 2006, 01:19 PM
:drool: She's still got it :yeah:

tonythetiger
Jun 16th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Enrique seems to be impressed more with the Heat players than Anna.

goldenlox
Jun 16th, 2006, 04:22 PM
They both seem involved in the game
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a387/hydraliskkiller/anna/kournikova-dop1b.jpg

Martian KC
Jun 16th, 2006, 04:24 PM
She needs to stop wearing so much damn makeup.

selecta
Jun 16th, 2006, 04:46 PM
http://img397.imageshack.us/img397/6590/r36973871656bm.jpg

tonythetiger
Jun 16th, 2006, 04:56 PM
I really don't get the white girl hot thing. I seriously don't think Anna, Paris, Maria, Jennifer Anniston, Julia Roberts and others are good looking.

I do think the following white girls are pretty attractive, but they still are just ok:
Britney
Angelina
Cindy Crawford

Harju.
Jun 16th, 2006, 04:57 PM
Lucky bastard *points @ Enrique*

jacobruiz
Jun 16th, 2006, 06:14 PM
I really don't get the white girl hot thing. I seriously don't think Anna, Paris, Maria, Jennifer Anniston, Julia Roberts and others are good looking.

I do think the following white girls are pretty attractive, but they still are just ok:
Britney
Angelina
Cindy Crawford


:lol: Racist much?

tonythetiger
Jun 16th, 2006, 06:36 PM
:lol: Racist much?

Not at all. :kiss:

mirzalover
Jun 16th, 2006, 06:46 PM
i agree i dont think maria that hot and jennifer aniston is def just a regular looking girl and paris hilton pretty good looking when she doesnt dress like a ho or where 8 layers of make up she was hot yesterday when i saw her on t.v

carling
Jun 16th, 2006, 10:36 PM
i agree i dont think maria that hot and jennifer aniston is def just a regular looking girl and paris hilton pretty good looking when she doesnt dress like a ho or where 8 layers of make up she was hot yesterday when i saw her on t.v

I agree that Aniston and Sharapova are very average looking. Paris is pretty in her own way, but she kind of looks like a chicken.

Anna Kournikova is exceptionally beautiful. Always has been. Always will be.

*JR*
Jun 16th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Serious question (especially for carling and Goldy). If Anna hadn't gotten a public stage thru tennis (and lets say was a secretary or a saleswoman in a store) would she be anything more than "just another pretty face"? (I think you know what the accurate answer is).

Jum_p_Over
Jun 16th, 2006, 11:13 PM
Serious question (especially for carling and Goldy). If Anna hadn't gotten a public stage thru tennis (and lets say was a secretary or a saleswoman in a store) would she be anything more than "just another pretty face"? (I think you know what the accurate answer is).

I think you could make that argument for any attractive celebrity

borisy
Jun 16th, 2006, 11:40 PM
I really don't get the white girl hot thing. I seriously don't think Anna, Paris, Maria, Jennifer Anniston, Julia Roberts and others are good looking.

I do think the following white girls are pretty attractive, but they still are just ok:
Britney
Angelina
Cindy Crawford

Britney :tape:

*JR*
Jun 17th, 2006, 12:06 AM
I think you could make that argument for any attractive celebrity
True. But while they get a lot of press coverage, most ppl who follow their former professions don't act like they're its "lost jewels". (Especially if, whether their "fault" or not, their achievements in it were frankly rather modest).

goldenlox
Jun 17th, 2006, 03:52 PM
I think Anna was important to Russian tennis.
She was an extreme prodigy, and parents saw that their girls could make a lot of money in tennis.

I saw this on Anna's website.
These kinds of articles were all over the Russian media in 1991 and 1992.

It's why there are so many Russian girls on the tour


The Molding of a Tennis Prodigy
By Robin Finn

When 10-year-old Anna Kournikova looks in the mirror at her brand-new Florida condo, she doesn't see a blue-chip investment staring her in the face, but everyone else does. She has an agent, a high-octane coach, a supplier of tennis clothing and equipment and an exotic international travel itinerary that includes Messina, Italy, and Paris, where she'll tackle the French Open's junior division.

Her stunning debut on Florida's junior circuit this month seems a harbinger of shooting-star status: she was unseeded when she won her first event in Largo and then, just a week later, had already been swiftly reclassified as the top-seeded player while annihilating another 14-and-under age division at St. Petersburg.

She is being primed to set precedents and break records; she is an example of where her sport is going, and just how fast it intends to get there. If the premise of hydroponics were applied to a tennis education, Kournikova would be the biggest, ripest and fastest-growing plant in the amorphous sports garden. Eager to Turn Pro

"When do I want to turn pro? Soon, really soon, the sooner the better," Kournikova, who devours menus in three languages, said last week from Bradenton, Fla.

These days, women's tennis -- with players like Jennifer Capriati turning professional at 13 and Monica Seles pocketing Grand Slam titles like so many candy bars at 17 -- can't seem to wait for its stars to become women. And in the case of Kournikova, a pretty, blonde pulverizer with a preternatural grasp of the career riches that beckon, tennis may not even wait for her to turn teen-ager before assigning her a job as its latest headliner.

Kournikova, discovered shagging old tennis balls in Moscow last year by talent scouts from the International Management Group, was ensconced at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in February and is being touted as the prospect of the century. Now it has become the province of Nick Bollettieri, who was pondering early retirement but changed his mind after hitting with the little girl, to see that Kournikova delivers on her advance billing.

Bollettieri says that Kournikova's potential is limitless.

"I've seen them all, but this one actually frightens me," he said. "She knows everything -- what she wants to do and how she's going to get there. She's not only the youngest real prospect I've ever had, but the best. We've had Andre. We've had Courier. We've had Seles, but I can say without hesitation that when I see how this girl can play, at age 10, I'm shocked.

"Could she set a precedent and turn pro by 12? It's possible; I'm not sure I can hold her back. The challenge isn't going to be how to make her a champion; it's going to be how to hold the reins on her until the time is right."

The time, or at least the Kournikova version of it, has been fixed in fast forward ever since she picked up a racquet back home in Moscow when she was 5. Once her parents -- Sergei, a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion who works in the physical culture ministry, and Alla, who accompanied Anna to Florida -- noticed the way she creamed the tennis ball, they sought out coaching from Viktor Rubanov.

Paul Theofanous, an I.M.G. agent with a sports clientele largely from the former Soviet Union, heard about Kournikova's star potential from his contacts there and from Poppi Vinti, a representative for the Italian clothing manufacturer Ellesse, which was already supplying her with top-shelf tennis wear. Not Laughing Now

"I kind of laughed it off at first, because of her age," said Theofanous, "but then I saw her hit at the 1991 Kremlin Cup, and I started hearing from too many other people that this one was one extraordinary talent."

Theofanous, who is fluent in Russian, called Kournikova's mother, and after a "brief and standard recruiting process," signed the youngster to an I.M.G. contract, procured the necessary visas and brought mother and daughter to Bollettieri's, an I.M.G.-owned facility.

"We are undertaking, in conjunction with Nick, a good portion of her living and training expenses, and we're ecstatic about it at I.M.G.," said Theofanous, who acknowledged the arrangement as "a first" for the company.

"We've never taken on someone so young before, but I don't see us as some snake sliding in and taking advantage. There's a real vacuum back there in what was the Soviet Union when it comes to financing and developing athletes. I think the family sees this as an opportunity for her that doesn't exist back home."

Bollettieri said Kournikova possesses the volley, overhead and serving technique of players five years her senior, and, more important, an attitude that he has rarely seen in competitors of any age.

"She wants to do better on every ball she hits: she's that much of a perfectionist," he said. "Plus, she's a hitter. She'll come after you, she has no fear. Carling Bassett hit with her and said she made all the rest of them look like beginners at that age. She's that advanced."

Richard Williams, who relocated his family from California to Florida so that his own 10- and 11 year-old prodigies, Serena and Venus, could work with Capriati's former mentor, Rick Macci, watched Kournikova play and went away impressed by their obvious and future rival. Andre Agassi got such a kick out of her that he treated her to dinner. Mother Has No Regrets

"I love the academy," said Kournikova, who also loves hitting drop shots and counts Agassi and Seles as her main tennis heros. "I know that it was needed for my career to come here."

Alla Kournikova said the decision to leave Moscow was not a simple one, but she also admitted she has not regretted the move.

"It was something that was difficult for us, and there have been some sacrifices, but believe me, we are not dying here in the U.S.," she said. "Life is not all that bad compared to back home."

The mother said the daughter is, so far as she can see, perfectly suited to life as a tennis star: "She's a smart little girl and a disciplined girl who follows a straight line. She sees what she wants and goes out and gets it, and in every match she plays, she thinks she is going to be the winner."

[Photograph]
Anna Kournikova, 10-year-old Russian tennis sensation: "When do I want to turn pro? Soon, really soon, the sooner the better." (pg. B13); Anna Kournikova working out at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy. She has served notice on the 14-and-under age group in Florida. (pg. B18)

cindy
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:51 PM
anna...when will you stop to be beautiful? even with all this make up she is great! I sometimes wonder what she was doing playing tennis!!! thx for posting

alias
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:09 PM
thanks for the article.


http://www.gossipin.com/2006/06/expired-couple-enrique-iglesias-and-anna-kournikova.htm

starr
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:18 PM
I do think Enrique is cute. He's got amazing lips. :)

*JR*
Jun 17th, 2006, 10:16 PM
Well Goldy, if Anna really did have such potential with nary a Tier V singles title to show for it, she really did an incredible job of accomplishing nothing in WTA and Slam singles. Of course those who know how she drove poor Harold Solomon crazy during his stint as her last coach by "watching the crowd watching her" shouldn't be surprised.
:shrug:

IceHock
Jun 17th, 2006, 10:18 PM
if some of you guys don't think paris hilton is hott,theres something wrong with you.

Andy.
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:58 AM
I dont like what has happened to her she is just going down that track if the blond hollywwod bimbo ala Paris and co, she used to be way hotter but she has gotten too make up happy and too thin, which ages you. She is still very pretty but not like the Anna of old.

Dominic
Jun 18th, 2006, 01:43 AM
if some of you guys don't think paris hilton is hott,theres something wrong with you.
That is how I feel about big Masha.