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ladyanais
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:17 PM
Sorry if this has been posted or discussed before: if so, I've missed it!

Listening to the Sky Sports Team discussing women's tennis at the moment and Chris Bailey has just said that Ana has said she wants British citizenship / has been approached by the LTA / something along those lines. :confused:

Now, I've heard the rumours about Djokovic and his younger brothers, but this is the first I've heard of this particular story. Sounds like nonsense to me but I'm wondering if anybody knows anything more?

Thanks! :wavey:

Dexter
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:18 PM
LOL x 1000.

Neptune
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:19 PM
LOL x 1000.
LOL X 10 000 ;)

Kentboi
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:20 PM
first i've heard of it! if she wants her career to go forward it's best that she dont get involved with british tennis!!!

ezekiel
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:21 PM
I hear Amelie wants to become lebanese, I don't know about that either :help:

~Kiera~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:22 PM
Not at all likely, but we'd gladly take her with open arms just in case :lol:

Just Do It
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:27 PM
come on guys, you know thats not gonna happen ! Please stop with this kind of threads :wavey: !

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:35 PM
I heard it on sky as well but i think they must be getting mixed up with the story about Djokovic. I mean she has absolutley no link to Britain.

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:37 PM
I heard it on sky as well but i think they must be getting mixed up with the story about Djokovic. I mean she has absolutley no link to Britain.
yeah they defo said it on sky sports :confused:

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:39 PM
Yeah they defo said but i can't see any truth in it to be honest.

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:41 PM
Yeah they defo said but i can't see any truth in it to be honest.
well I was amazed they said it because I had never heard of it,I did a google with ana's name and becoming british and nothing came up,so if google can't find anything well it must be bull then :D

tenn_ace
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:42 PM
Well, I guess, LTA is becoming desperate if they make up story like that :lol:

ladyanais
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:42 PM
Bad rep! :haha:

Yes, it sounded totally bizarre to me as well. There's no reason why she should, no reason why she would.

Having said that, Chris and Sam et al have just been discussing the likelihood of Darren Cahill acting as a coach for the LTA post-Andre...so clearly they're just trying to connect as many big names to UK tennis as possible! ;)

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:43 PM
They are probably just running out of things to say with all the rain. I don't trust that guy that presents the show anyway. :tape:

ladyanais
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:45 PM
I don't trust that guy that presents the show anyway. :tape:

Chris Bailey's :rolleyes: and Barry Cowan isn't much better. At least now they're showing a match: better than Bailey's Jackanory!

Pengwin
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:46 PM
Weirder things have happened before ;)

Ana :hug:

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:47 PM
Yeah thats his name. Those two make Sam Smith rubbish as well i like her when she commentates on eurosport but shes just boring whne shes on sky.

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:56 PM
This would be yet another setback for Serbian tennis. I don't think it would be all that great for English tennis either. You can't generate success artificially.

The only obvious benefit would be to Miss Ivanovic's bank account.

Jelena responded to the recent media speculation regarding her almost immediately.

Both Ana and Nole can end this with one statement if they wanted to.

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 04:58 PM
I would take any truth from this if i were you i can't see her wanting to come to Britain.

!<blocparty>!
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:03 PM
NOOOOO!!! Ana if you come to Britain you're throwing your tennis career down the drain and will spend the rest of your life ranked 150-200. :help::o

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:10 PM
You can't generate success artificially.

no but you can generate tv interest and media coverage,they would throw money her way just look at what there paying gilbert for murray.

terjw
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:20 PM
Chris Bailey said it on Sky - but Sam Smith seemed quite surprised and said she couldn't understand why she'd want to. I just got the impression that this was the first she had heard of this story. In which case if the only source is now Chris I'm starting to doubt it and think that perhaps he just got it wrong.

Barlos
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:22 PM
Lol, that's a strange one. Rusedski was bad enough but I can't see Ivanovic doing the same.

Being British doesn't make you crap though. Remember that Murray's 4th or 5th favourite for the title after thrashing his 2nd round opponent 6-0 6-1 6-1 yesterday...

I guess we're a little desperate for a woman though, lol.

ezekiel
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:24 PM
I will chalk it up to the notorious british humor :rolleyes: But hey if Borisy approves of this , then there is nothing wrong. He is the biggest Ana fan :bounce:

Neptune
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:26 PM
Maybe it's better for her,no?the politic situation is not very good there....

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:27 PM
no but you can generate tv interest and media coverage,they would throw money her way just look at what there paying gilbert for murray.
The only media coverage in England is the annual vomit-inducing-BBC Wimbledon smarmfest.

No wonder no one wants to pick up a racquet there.

A_S
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:31 PM
Lol, that's a strange one. Rusedski was bad enough but I can't see Ivanovic doing the same.

Being British doesn't make you crap though. Remember that Murray's 4th or 5th favourite for the title after thrashing his 2nd round opponent 6-0 6-1 6-1 yesterday...

I guess we're a little desperate for a woman though, lol.

why is it such a problem in this country to accept people who want to play for us? :shrug: other countries regardless of the sport welcome competitors with open arms, australia comes to mind in that respect, but we seem to have a hell of a lot of zenophobia... (i realise that is probably spelt wrong). If ana wants to play for GB then i would welcome her with open arms, but as has been said it was the first i had heard of it and they arent probably the most reliable sources.

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:34 PM
If Ana wants to play for us thats fine all i'm saying is that i don't believe she wants to I think she seems happy representing Serbia.

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:36 PM
Lol, that's a strange one. Rusedski was bad enough but I can't see Ivanovic doing the same.
Rusedski has every right in the world to represent England because one of his parents is English. His heart clearly lies with England.

Barlos
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:38 PM
Rusedski has every right in the world to represent England because one of his parents is English. His heart clearly lies with England.

Yes, of course he does, he's also spent the second half of his life over her. I was only joking about that...

I would love to know what links Ana has with Britain though. Does she live here?

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:39 PM
The only media coverage in England is the annual vomit-inducing-BBC Wimbledon smarmfest.

not true,FO and AO are now being shown live on bbc,tennis still has a big pull in this country and the bbc still have the power to transform any sport into huge rating figures and create big media attention here,the bbc need interactive sports to justify there digital service and they see tennis as one key sport to fill that void.

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:40 PM
And we get eurosport coverage!!!

LMK
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:40 PM
And we get eurosport coverage!!!

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:43 PM
not true,FO and AO are now being shown live on bbc,tennis still has a big pull in this country and the bbc still have the power to transform any sport into huge rating figures and create big media attention here,the bbc need interactive sports to justify there digital service and they see tennis as one key sport to fill that void.
What, like men's field hockey, curling, cricket and netball ?

Sorry but the BBC is completely out of touch.

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:47 PM
What, like men's field hockey, curling, cricket and netball ?

Sorry but the BBC is completely out of touch.
bbc have no contract for cricket sky and channel 4 do,never seen field hockey or netball on bbc,curling?olympics maybe but thats eurosports game I think :D

Barlos
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:50 PM
What, like men's field hockey, curling, cricket and netball ?

Sorry but the BBC is completely out of touch.

Strange... I've rarely seen any of that on BBC. I've only seen football, golf, snooker, althletics and tennis. not much else really.

Hockey and curling are on Eurosport, Cricket is on sky (but that's a very popular sport anyway...).

Freakan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:50 PM
Next rumor about Ana:
Ivanovic is pregnant!

St.Sebastian
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:51 PM
I hear Amelie wants to become lebanese, I don't know about that either :help:

:haha:

cracked me up totally

A_S
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:54 PM
bbc have no contract for cricket sky and channel 4 do,never seen field hockey or netball on bbc,curling?olympics maybe but thats eurosports game I think :D

I think someone is having a pop at the bbc for the sake of having a pop

personally i love the wimbledon coverage.

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:55 PM
Strange... I've rarely seen any of that on BBC. I've only seen football, golf, snooker, althletics and tennis. not much else really.

Hockey and curling are on Eurosport, Cricket is on sky (but that's a very popular sport anyway...).
Ok, maybe the BBC's bizzare coverage of the Summer/Winter Olympics is to blame.

hablo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:59 PM
I hear Amelie wants to become lebanese, I don't know about that either :help:wow, between ivanovic and momo fans, it's really a love affair :lol:
if there is a thread about one (such as ivanovic, for instance), you can be sure the other (momo) will be mentioned :help:

Barlos
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:00 PM
Ok, maybe the BBC's bizzare coverage of the Summer/Winter Olympics is to blame.

Probably, yes. I wouldn't blame the BBC though. The Olympics is full of bizarre sports, I guess they have to show some of everything.

Wintermute
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:10 PM
Listening to the Sky Sports Team discussing women's tennis at the moment and Chris Bailey has just said that Ana has said she wants British citizenship / has been approached by the LTA / something along those lines.

I was surprised when he said that. Maybe he's delirious from whatever illness he's recovering from and was getting confused with Djokovic.

If it was true then it makes no sense: Ana has no ties whatsoever with the UK as far as I know, she seems happy playing for Serbia and she's not desperate for the money.

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:16 PM
Probably, yes. I wouldn't blame the BBC though. The Olympics is full of bizarre sports, I guess they have to show some of everything.

I would blame the BBC.

Basketball is the second most popular sport on the planet after Football. The BBC shows Dingy Sailing during the Olympics.

Volleyball has become a huge worldwide sport. The BBC shows men's field hockey during the Olympics.

Waterpolo (http://www.belgrade06.com/engleski_web/index.html) is one of the toughest sports on the planet. The BBC shows horsey dressage during the Olympics.

Admitedly the BBC's athletics coverage is the best in the world and snooker and the darts at the Lakeside... first class coverage (pre interactive mumbo jumbo) but that's to be expected.

BBC viewers have seen more of Boris Becker and Johnny Mac playing the seniors tour than Ana Ivanović.

*JR*
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:17 PM
I hear Amelie wants to become lebanese, I don't know about that either :help:
You mean Lesbanese, right? :p

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:25 PM
I would blame the BBC.

Basketball is the second most popular sport on the planet after Football. The BBC shows Dingy Sailing during the Olympics.

Volleyball has become a huge worldwide sport. The BBC shows men's field hockey during the Olympics.

Waterpolo (http://www.belgrade06.com/engleski_web/index.html) is one of the toughest sports on the planet. The BBC shows horsey dressage during the Olympics.

Admitedly the BBC's athletics coverage is the best in the world and snooker and the darts at the Lakeside... first class coverage (pre interactive mumbo jumbo) but that's to be expected.

BBC viewers have seen more of Boris Becker and Johnny Mac playing the seniors tour than Ana Ivanović.
nobody would watch waterpolo or volleyball,viewer figures are pretty good for snooker and darts and at the end of the day viewing figures count even on the bbc which is ad free,british basketball league was show live a few years back on channel 4 intial figures were good and then they slumped and it was dropped,the sports you mentioned shown by the bbc are popular and get good viewing figures it's not the bbc's fault you don't like them.

ezekiel
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:27 PM
You mean Lesbanese, right? :p

Is that near the island of Lesbos :couple: :rolls:

A_S
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:27 PM
I would blame the BBC.

Basketball is the second most popular sport on the planet after Football. The BBC shows Dingy Sailing during the Olympics.

Volleyball has become a huge worldwide sport. The BBC shows men's field hockey during the Olympics.

Waterpolo (http://www.belgrade06.com/engleski_web/index.html) is one of the toughest sports on the planet. The BBC shows horsey dressage during the Olympics.

Admitedly the BBC's athletics coverage is the best in the world and snooker and the darts at the Lakeside... first class coverage (pre interactive mumbo jumbo) but that's to be expected.

BBC viewers have seen more of Boris Becker and Johnny Mac playing the seniors tour than Ana Ivanović.

maybe its because these sports, all high participant sports in this country are actually of interest to those watching, unlike basketball or volleyball which are not. not only that, they arent really very interesting. basketball has got to be one of the most unintersting sports in the world, not only are you alienated if you arent 6ft 5 its one of those typical american lack of attention span sports. not much tactical play (note i didnt say tactics) or stuff to think about, all action as many goals as possible in a shorter time as possible. I think the british public are more intelegent to like something like that. Its shit mate, and the british public wouldnt watch it.

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:44 PM
maybe its because these sports, all high participant sports in this country are actually of interest to those watching.
Yes and that goes full circle to my original point that you cannot generate success artificially. The public has to have a love for the sport, a tradition.

If not then having a super talent (or two) like Belgium that rallies the nation behind their stars is something that starts a tradition.

I believe that, financially speaking, you simply cannot buy into that.

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:56 PM
The public has to have a love for the sport, a tradition.

and britain do not have any tradition with tennis? kinda odd thing to say,to be honest I don't believe the story at all and I care little if ana became british or not I'm just kinda wasting time till the tennis starts :D

Leopold Stotch
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:09 PM
and britain do not have any tradition with tennis? kinda odd thing to say,to be honest I don't believe the story at all and I care little if ana became british or not I'm just kinda wasting time till the tennis starts :D
Tradition, yes. Finger on the pulse. No.

Henman is considered a loser for some strange reason. The guy was at the top of his profession for over a decade but he is an object of ridicule in your country. A lot has to change. A lot of establishment sh*t has to flushed down the toilet.

Vendetta
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:31 PM
I hear Amelie wants to become lebanese, I don't know about that either :help:

What's wrong with Lebanese :o ! Go Amelie ! Go Lebanon ! :fiery: