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pierce0415
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:01 PM
HK Organizers :help:
I hope she brings as least that much ticket sales to the event :p

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HK splashes cash, nets Sharapova
(South China Morning Post )
Updated: 2006-10-25 09:18

Attracting the "biggest name in women's tennis" has cost a pretty penny, but organisers say they will get more than their money's worth when glamorous Russian Maria Sharapova steps out at the 2007 Watsons Water Champions Challenge.

US Open champion Sharapova will spearhead a strong line-up, which includes defending Hong Kong champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium, for the January 3-6 tournament at Victoria Park.

"It is not getting any cheaper to convince Sharapova to come here. But by hook or by crook, we have managed to get her to come to Hong Kong. It took a bit of discussion to get her to agree," revealed Ian Wade, president of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association (HKTPA).

The rest of the eight-strong field comprises Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, Czech Nicole Vaidisova, American Lindsay Davenport and Chinese stars Zheng Jie and Yan Zi.

"We have six grand slam champions," said co-tournament director Terry Catton. The sum of money dished out to lure big names, in this case Sharapova, was kept under wraps. But it is reliably understood the two-time grand slam winner - she also won Wimbledon in 2004 - commanded a seven-figure fee.

"We thought she was important for our event. She is the biggest personality in tennis," Wade said. :rolleyes: :tape:

Organisers are hoping that by the time Sharapova turns up in Hong Kong she will be the world's number one.

She is third in the WTA rankings, behind Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne, but moved close to finishing the year as number one after she won the Zurich Open last week.

Soon after winning her fourth title of the year, Sharapova downplayed the significance of being number one. "I don't feel it's a huge deal. I honestly don't remember who ended the year number one last year. You remember people who won grand slams."

She added: "Of course being number one is a great achievement. That's what every girl dreams of when they're growing up and playing tennis. If I get the chance [again] then it's great."

Wade, who alluded to the fact Sharapova's fee had gone up considerably since she bagged the US Open crown last month, is a big fan. In his role as group managing director of AS Watson, Wade played a major role in luring her back to Hong Kong - by providing Sharapova's appearance money.

Wade has dipped into his own pocket to acquire Sharapova memorabilia. "Last time she was here, I paid HK$500,000 in a charity auction for her playing kit. The prize keeps going up. I have no intention of out-bidding myself this time," he said.

Catton revealed Hong Kong's case had been helped by the fact Sharapova would be playing in another exhibition event - in South Korea - just before arriving here.

"She will be in Asia, playing in a one-day exhibition event in Korea, just before coming to Hong Kong. Soon after our event she will leave for Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event in 2007," Catton said.

While China's doubles specialists Zheng and Yan - the pair won Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year - will draw huge support from local fans, it is Sharapova who will be the darling of the crowds.

"We are happy that she is coming back. Hong Kong `discovered' her four years ago, and she is certainly special," added Wade.

jamatthews
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:03 PM
For just $5 less they could have got Bartoli.

xin_hui
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:07 PM
it's a HK newspaper, the 7-figure would be referring to a 7-figure HKD sum, not USD. the other time a cash figure is mentioned in the article, it also used HKD.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:10 PM
For just $5 less they could have got Bartoli.

i dont get it :confused:

Dexter
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:22 PM
:help:

fufuqifuqishahah
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:26 PM
For just $5 less they could have got Bartoli.

:lol: :lol: :worship:

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shrapova is the biggest personality in tennis right now...

Dan23
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:34 PM
2nd thread on this subject ;)
...money well spent

Is it just me or are at least 10% of threads these days started by Pierce0415? :p

Andy.
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:34 PM
wow thats cool. Masha is pulling it in.

Beat
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:43 PM
For just $5 less they could have got Bartoli.

:lol:

WARisBad
Oct 25th, 2006, 03:49 PM
This is not fair......China has millions of people suffering and 1MIL could help a lot of lives tremendously, instead they waste it on a tennis player

If I was her I would give it donate it to the poor people of the country as a sign of maturity - she dosnt need that money anyway

Paneru
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:03 PM
This is not fair......China has millions of people suffering and 1MIL could help a lot of lives tremendously, instead they waste it on a tennis player

If I was her I would give it donate it to the poor people of the country as a sign of maturity - she dosnt need that money anyway

Sorry but don't even go there!

If you have a problem with it, take it up with the one's
paying her the money, do not lay that at Maria's doorstep.

She simply does what she does as a player and her looks
are made another issue and if she gets paid for that as well
then sobeit, that's not on her.

And please don't give me that "sign of maturity" bs because one,
1. You don't know any of all the charitable things she may already
do & 2. It's easy to say what you'd do "if", but
words and actions are two different things.

WARisBad
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:06 PM
Sorry but don't even go there!

If you have a problem with it, take it up with the one's
paying her the money, do not lay that at Maria's doorstep.

She simply does what she does as a player and her looks
are made another issue and if she gets paid for that as well
then sobeit, that's not on her.

And please don't give me that "sign of maturity" bs because one,
1. You don't know any of all the charitable things she may already
do & 2. It's easy to say what you'd do "if", but
words and actions are two different things.

It was her 'demanding a 7 figure sum". I never mentioned looks - she should demand to money then give it to people who really need it, you know, equality that rich people dont understand

pierce0415
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:07 PM
tennis players are all after the money. Pova especially

LOL @ Pova demanding increases in appearance money after she won USO and Bartoli demanding increases in apperance money after she won Tokyo Tier III

clonesheep
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:07 PM
it's a HK newspaper, the 7-figure would be referring to a 7-figure HKD sum, not USD. the other time a cash figure is mentioned in the article, it also used HKD.

I guess you are right. The typical appearance fee for the biggest stars is around US$250,000. Let's say Sharapova gets even a bit more. That would translate to about 1.5 or 2 million HKD.

ioni
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:08 PM
Wade has dipped into his own pocket to acquire Sharapova memorabilia. "Last time she was here, I paid HK$500,000 in a charity auction for her playing kit. The prize keeps going up. I have no intention of out-bidding myself this time," he said.
;) where did the money go ?

santhuruu
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:08 PM
Okay no Serena Williams here, I am wondering if she will play a warming up event before the Australian Open. I hope she will play either Gold Coast or Auckland, I'd go for the first one.

MisterMan
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:08 PM
Masha's got Oprah money now !!
You go girl ... rake it IN.

Paneru
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:13 PM
It was her 'demanding a 7 figure sum". I never mentioned looks - she should demand to money then give it to people who really need it, you know, equality that rich people dont understand

Again, please get off your high horse.

Maria can demand this because the medium
at large has shown her that she can. Furthermore,
it is her money to do with as she pleases and you
do not know what she does with that money so
you cannot speak on it.

BTW, I mentioned her "looks" because it has
and does factor into her ability to make and deman
money wheather anyone likes to believe it or not.

MisterMan
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:15 PM
she should demand money then give it to people who really need it,

Umm, you ARE aware of her charities, are you not :confused:

Paneru
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Umm, you ARE aware of her charities, are you not :confused:

Doesn't matter.

From the words they have already written and in having
been around such types of people nearly nothing people
like Maria do will be enough in their eyes.

tennnisfannn
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:18 PM
it's a HK newspaper, the 7-figure would be referring to a 7-figure HKD sum, not USD. the other time a cash figure is mentioned in the article, it also used HKD.
1000000 HKD is equal to 128,506.72 USD, not so handsome now is it:lol:

WARisBad
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:19 PM
Tell me the charities and give examples of what she has done and I will shut up

ginger_fish668
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:20 PM
Wade has dipped into his own pocket to acquire Sharapova memorabilia. "Last time she was here, I paid HK$500,000 in a charity auction for her playing kit. The prize keeps going up. I have no intention of out-bidding myself this time," he said.
;) where did the money go ?


It went to the victims of the tsunami. :rolleyes:

7 figure HK$ sum. It's not a lot actually. :)

MisterMan
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Tell me the charities and give examples of what she has done and I will shut up

You will never shut up. You hate her and nothing will change your mind. And that's your right !

Even when I show you the charities, you'll just reply by saying they're "fake" or she's stealing from them, or her publicist made it up to make her look good.

Get it ? it don't matta !!

barryproudfoot
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:45 PM
how much does everyone else get? :p

goldenlox
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:48 PM
how much does everyone else get? :p
If they're only paying Sharapova about 100 Grand, the rest can't be making much
But it's better than a Tier III pays

cypher_88
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:56 PM
Tell me the charities and give examples of what she has done and I will shut up

not actually democratic thinking ey??she works for that money even if her work is tennis!!that must not be underestimated....the chinese government should help the poor people. It is by no means masha duty to come and save the population of china.

WARisBad
Oct 25th, 2006, 04:57 PM
You will never shut up. You hate her and nothing will change your mind. And that's your right !

Even when I show you the charities, you'll just reply by saying they're "fake" or she's stealing from them, or her publicist made it up to make her look good.

Get it ? it don't matta !!

I never said anywhere I hated her :confused:

I just dont like the money situation, I would be saying the same for whoever I can assure you

I was just curioous about which charities she supported, like for breast cancer of NSPCC or such

daniela86
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:08 PM
I never said anywhere I hated her :confused:

I just dont like the money situation, I would be saying the same for whoever I can assure you

I was just curioous about which charities she supported, like for breast cancer of NSPCC or such


She gave money to the victims of the tsunami and to Beslan tragedy's victims.

WARisBad
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:10 PM
She gave money to the victims of the tsunami and to Beslan tragedy's victims.

Finally, someone answers me nicely instead of shouting for no reason

Its nice that she gave back to her homeland that is touching - the people seemed so desparate after the attack
And the Tsunami
thanks

goldenlox
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:23 PM
She gave money to the victims of the tsunami and to Beslan tragedy's victims.
She had to donate the money she gave the Breslan victims.
And she was paid to go to Thailand
It wasn't like she heard about it and donated. She was going there for money, and the tsunami happened

But she's 19. Agassi wasn't giving money away at that age

xan
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:41 PM
She had to donate the money she gave the Breslan victims.
And she was paid to go to Thailand
It wasn't like she heard about it and donated. She was going there for money, and the tsunami happened

But she's 19. Agassi wasn't giving money away at that age

Maria actually gets paid! :eek:

How evil.

And she has given money freely to these causes. In addition she's already set up her own foundation to help disadvantaged children.

How many other people have done that much as a teenager?

ginger_fish668
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:52 PM
Stop craping on Maria. Man, she's getting an appearance fee, that's it. :shrug:

What the hell is all this discussion about her charity work?

Do you all ask the same questions everytime Tiger Woods gets (US$) millions as an appearance fee?

The HK organizers wouldn't pay that much if she wasn't worth it.

LH2HBH
Oct 25th, 2006, 05:55 PM
it's a HK newspaper, the 7-figure would be referring to a 7-figure HKD sum, not USD. the other time a cash figure is mentioned in the article, it also used HKD.

I agree.

Even $3,000,000HKD would equal only $385,000USD

QUEENLINDSAY
Oct 25th, 2006, 06:07 PM
If Maria demands that sum of money and the organizers gave it, that would mean she deserves it.

Now as for being a good person etc... I dont think donating is such a big thing, rather its a short sighted type of helping your community.

If you want a long sighted and lasting contributions to the society, Its about playing and using your influence for people to strive more and work harder. Give inspirations to children to make their lifes better in the future. You cant just ask Bill Gates or the Waltons to donate half of their wealth to poor people.

morningglory
Oct 25th, 2006, 06:09 PM
CHING-CHING!!! :drool:

Cooltrader
Oct 25th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Dayum:eek:

MisterMan
Oct 25th, 2006, 07:42 PM
I dont think donating is such a big thing, rather its a short sighted type of helping your community.


There are so many charities: Make-A-Wish foundations, hospice care, org's that send dying children on once in a lifetime vacations.
They rely on donations to make a dying kid happy if only for one day.

They'd cry if they read that you think donating is "not such a big thing".

:sad:

QUEENLINDSAY
Oct 25th, 2006, 07:56 PM
There are so many charities: Make-A-Wish foundations, hospice care, org's that send dying children on once in a lifetime vacations.
They rely on donations to make a dying kid happy if only for one day.

They'd cry if they read that you think donating is "not such a big thing".

:sad:

You obviously dont get it!
I'm talking about long term solution to poverty and its not through donations.

the cat
Oct 25th, 2006, 08:43 PM
Masha can do whatever she wants to with her money. But I hope she donates generously to charities she believes in.

As far as tennis goes instead of playing a meaningless exhibition in Hong Kong Masha should be in Australia playing the Hopman Cup and practicing in the Australian heat so she can be prepared to make a serious run at the Australian Open title without fading in the semi's as she has the last 2 years.

LH2HBH
Oct 25th, 2006, 08:46 PM
You obviously dont get it!
I'm talking about long term solution to poverty and its not through donations.

SOUNDS VERY NICE - governments and organizations should be working on long-term solutions, not celebrities and tennis stars.

Any donations they get are GREATLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.

It's easy for people to criticize. Some of the organizations that are doing charitable work in your community and others around the world RELY SOLELY ON DONATIONS to make this world a better place!

Helen Lawson
Oct 25th, 2006, 08:59 PM
Earn it while you can, hon! Once Big Masha quits tennis and gets old, like crow's feet around the eyes, chicken neck, saggy boobs, cellulite and all, she won't have any more earning power, so she has to rake it in now.

jenny161185
Oct 25th, 2006, 09:25 PM
wonder how much DEFENDING CHAMPION kim is being paid?????? Big Bicks I hope!

LH2HBH
Oct 25th, 2006, 10:59 PM
wonder how much DEFENDING CHAMPION kim is being paid?????? Big Bicks I hope!

Defending Champion status won't garner too much $$$. It's all about the 'IT' factor!

mashamaniac
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:19 PM
well,am sure she really deserves paying such a huge amount of money!and of course she'll have twice as that amount of advantage for those rich orginisers! for sure many of ppl alike me would go there at that time as tourists and it'll give a huge advantage of money for 'em.

AJZ.
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:44 PM
Earn it while you can, hon! Once Big Masha quits tennis and gets old, like crow's feet around the eyes, chicken neck, saggy boobs, cellulite and all, she won't have any more earning power, so she has to rake it in now.

:lol:

LH2HBH
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:53 PM
Earn it while you can, hon! Once Big Masha quits tennis and gets old, like crow's feet around the eyes, chicken neck, saggy boobs, cellulite and all, she won't have any more earning power, so she has to rake it in now.

You really do have a way with words! :worship:

darrinbaker00
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:46 AM
For just $5 less they could have got Bartoli.
Actually, they could have gotten Bartoli for $5, period. :devil:

AJZ.
Oct 26th, 2006, 01:39 AM
Actually, they could have gotten Bartoli for $5, period. :devil:

Cake is cheap? :devil:

Sorry I couldn't resist :tape: I do like Marion..

bellascarlett
Oct 26th, 2006, 02:29 AM
Ugh....they get Maria on the year I'm not going. :fiery: :sad:

drake3781
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:41 AM
Earn it while you can, hon! Once Big Masha quits tennis and gets old, like crow's feet around the eyes, chicken neck, saggy boobs, cellulite and all, she won't have any more earning power, so she has to rake it in now.

Don't forget gray hair, age spots on the skin, and varicose veins. :p

Can anyone do one of those age progression photos on Maria?

Arhivarius
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:42 AM
Maria actually gets paid! :eek:

How evil.

And she has given money freely to these causes. In addition she's already set up her own foundation to help disadvantaged children.

How many other people have done that much as a teenager?

Sure.
She already gave sizable chunk of money to charities and definitely will give them much more money than all her critics in this thread will earn together during their whole lives. :D

Miranda
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:19 AM
:lol: :haha: :haha: this is an unfair world, we all will get chicken neck etc, but we won't be getting maria's monies, life would be perfect if i can just have US$1 million :mad:

Earn it while you can, hon! Once Big Masha quits tennis and gets old, like crow's feet around the eyes, chicken neck, saggy boobs, cellulite and all, she won't have any more earning power, so she has to rake it in now.

hwanmig
Oct 26th, 2006, 08:51 AM
If Maria demands that sum of money and the organizers gave it, that would mean she deserves it.

Now as for being a good person etc... I dont think donating is such a big thing, rather its a short sighted type of helping your community.

If you want a long sighted and lasting contributions to the society, Its about playing and using your influence for people to strive more and work harder. Give inspirations to children to make their lifes better in the future. You cant just ask Bill Gates or the Waltons to donate half of their wealth to poor people.

uhh:confused:

Miranda
Oct 26th, 2006, 09:33 AM
may be its not a lot for maria, but its a lot for me, HK$1 million is enough to buy a house (of course, not a big but old one), and is enough for me to support me and my whole family for 10 years ;)


It went to the victims of the tsunami. :rolleyes:

7 figure HK$ sum. It's not a lot actually. :)