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chuvack
Feb 24th, 2009, 12:52 PM
Reading some of Venus Williams blog (as well as Sharapova, Serena, and Jankovic in the past) I am hard-pressed to believe these players actually took the time to write the blogs themself, probably some communications employee from the WTA is the one to actually write these? I always suspected this because some non-native English speaking players seem to have a very good English on their wta blogs...

schorsch
Feb 24th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Well, I think the ones that do struggle with English get help from an assistant, but thats about it.

Slutiana
Feb 24th, 2009, 12:58 PM
Yeah, they probs just get checked over for spelling mistakes and stuff.

chuvack
Feb 24th, 2009, 01:19 PM
Well, I think the ones that do struggle with English get help from an assistant, but thats about it.


I suspect its more like, the player sends a couple of ideas and personal details to the WTA communications department, who then puts the blog together under the player's name.

Jachal
Feb 24th, 2009, 01:27 PM
Maybe they write it in their own language and then someone translates it into english.

Though reading them sometimes it feels like, the players really try to write it in english. That would explain, why the American blogs are far more funnier to read.

Lisa Raymond really had me with hers :worship:

tennnisfannn
Feb 24th, 2009, 01:44 PM
venus definitely writes hers, her style is very consistent with the way she talks, it has that very easy laid back tone to it and cheerfully talks about everyday stuff outside of the actual tennis, stuff she talsk about in her interviews.

Ksenia.
Feb 24th, 2009, 01:56 PM
I'm sure Maria writes hers herself. She has recognizable style when she gives interviews and writes :)

frenchie
Feb 24th, 2009, 02:35 PM
They should let Razzano or Carla Suarez Navarro or any chinese player do a blog:help:

We should be fixed:tape:

Ellery
Feb 24th, 2009, 02:51 PM
They should let Razzano or Carla Suarez Navarro or any chinese player do a blog:help:

We should be fixed:tape:

Tiantian blogged for Sydney earlier this year :)

schorsch
Feb 24th, 2009, 02:54 PM
ya, she was talking about flies :sobbing:

only_one_maria
Feb 24th, 2009, 05:31 PM
I remember Kirilenko's blog from Korea. No-one could have made that up :)

raffles
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Some of the stuff they post on the blogs makes me think that they are real because no PR monkey would make stuff up like that. Didn't JJ blog mention her going to get her HPV vaccaine at one point. Also I recall Maria's delusional talk of how cool it would be if she could get to present an oscar to her friend Camilla and then there was her random hatred of beachcombers and other lower orders.

HRHoliviasmith
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:31 PM
Some of the stuff they post on the blogs makes me think that they are real because no PR monkey would make stuff up like that. Didn't JJ blog mention her going to get her HPV vaccaine at one point. Also I recall Maria's delusional talk of how cool it would be if she could get to present an oscar to her friend Camilla and then there was her random hatred of beachcombers and other lower orders.

i hate you...:lol::lol::lol:

Joee
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:35 PM
The players write them and are proofed read afterwards for spelling mistakes....they could even be written in their own language to make it easier and translated into english for us :)

Boreas
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Someone should write instead of Venus. Her blog is just:zzz: Boring and dull

Epigone
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Once Katya Bychkova is back in the top 100, she should become the official Tour blogger :bowdown:

Of course, they'd probably need to censor her :tape:

raffles
Feb 24th, 2009, 09:32 PM
i hate you...:lol::lol::lol:
Well it was the funniest thing Maria ever wrote in her blog. I don't think she intended it to be funny but the fact she said it after seeing 10,000BC made it all the more ridiclous.

Dodoboy.
Feb 24th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Venus's recent blog doesn't sound like her, just some bits.

drake3781
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Some of the stuff they post on the blogs makes me think that they are real because no PR monkey would make stuff up like that. Didn't JJ blog mention her going to get her HPV vaccaine at one point. Also I recall Maria's delusional talk of how cool it would be if she could get to present an oscar to her friend Camilla and then there was her random hatred of beachcombers and other lower orders.


:lol: :lol:

I will have to go back and read some of these. Are all still on WTA.com? :p

Would be great if somebody would compile a "Best Of" player blogs, and make a thread. :yeah:


Venus's recent blog doesn't sound like her, just some bits.

I've commented before that Venus had help writing her blog, not that she can't write or wouldn't write as she did, but that it was evident that a writing assistant was working with her. Can't say when or where from; I've forgotten the details. (That being said, I think it was Wimbledon 2008.) Her fans here took it as an affront and attacked me for it. The intent was only to point out that writing assistants are being used. This could look like Venus talking about things, maybe as she is walking from place to place or in the training room, and a pro taking notes then turning it into a blog entry.

partbrit
Feb 24th, 2009, 11:53 PM
No way--even the WTA players cannot write that badly.

Direwolf
Feb 25th, 2009, 12:06 AM
I think that they get paid for it aswell...
hahaha or some kind of benefits...

:P

raffles
Feb 25th, 2009, 12:30 AM
:lol: :lol:

I will have to go back and read some of these. Are all still on WTA.com? :p
I think both Maria and JJ have their blogs on their personal sites.

TennisViewer531
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:04 AM
Venus was probably dictating what she thinks to the writer/assistant while eating pancakes and watching the sea...and all that!

bobbynorwich
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:09 AM
The players write them and are proofed read afterwards for spelling mistakes....they could even be written in their own language to make it easier and translated into english for us :)

Yeah, think that's it.


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Square on Square
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:12 AM
This is ridiculous.

Square on Square
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:13 AM
The players write them and are proofed read afterwards for spelling mistakesThey might.

Lindsayfan32
Feb 25th, 2009, 08:37 AM
Someone from the tour reads them at the very least before they are put on the web. Lindsay blogged in Quebec city in 2007 and talked about how she was going to start the new year in Auckland instead of Australia and when you read it an hour later the reference was removed as the field hadn't been announced yet and the reason given was they didn't want Lindsay pre-empting the official announcement. So the blogs I would say are ghost written but they are edited that's for sure.:)

chuvack
Feb 25th, 2009, 10:28 AM
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I've commented before that Venus had help writing her blog, not that she can't write or wouldn't write as she did, but that it was evident that a writing assistant was working with her. Can't say when or where from; I've forgotten the details. (That being said, I think it was Wimbledon 2008.) Her fans here took it as an affront and attacked me for it. The intent was only to point out that writing assistants are being used. This could look like Venus talking about things, maybe as she is walking from place to place or in the training room, and a pro taking notes then turning it into a blog entry.




You don't have to apologize for saying that the Williams sisters are bad writers. If it's not enough for their fanbase that they won 17 Grand Slam titles and another 8 in doubles, and the sisters have to be viewed as excellent writers as well, that is those fans' own problem. IMO the Williams blogs are among the most boring of any that I have read since the WTA begun the feature.

Sammm
Feb 25th, 2009, 12:45 PM
You don't have to apologize for saying that the Williams sisters are bad writers. If it's not enough for their fanbase that they won 17 Grand Slam titles and another 8 in doubles, and the sisters have to be viewed as excellent writers as well, that is those fans' own problem. IMO the Williams blogs are among the most boring of any that I have read since the WTA begun the feature.



Boo! I like Venus' blog, and having read the second one I'm sure she wrote it.

Slutiana
Feb 25th, 2009, 01:06 PM
You don't have to apologize for saying that the Williams sisters are bad writers. If it's not enough for their fanbase that they won 17 Grand Slam titles and another 8 in doubles, and the sisters have to be viewed as excellent writers as well, that is those fans' own problem. IMO the Williams blogs are among the most boring of any that I have read since the WTA begun the feature.
Well Venus' blog last year (or in 07 or something) was the most popular ever. :shrug: On the WTA site.

Vlover
Feb 25th, 2009, 02:44 PM
the sisters have to be viewed as excellent writers as well, that is those fans' own problem. IMO the Williams blogs are among the most boring of any that I have read since the WTA begun the feature.
There is evidence to prove you are in the minority and the one with the problem. Venus is doing just fine with her writing skills as she is the only active player to have anything actually published in a newspaper or book. Her previous blogs were the most read so obviously most don't share your opinion. Obviously you find what Venus has to say irresistible because I don't understand why you would choose to read them if you are not interested.:( I find not reading the blogs of the others that I'm not interested in works pretty well, you should try it.:tape:

StephenUK
Feb 25th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Is that the new member of the tennis entourage, ghost blog-writer? Imagine having to spend your whole day trailing round with Venus and a notepad, scribbling down her bons mots. Maybe they should recruit Dawn Marie or one of the other vee or reenuts to do it, they would love it!

We'll all have to be looking out for them in the players' box at Wimbledon this year next to the physio, mother, hitting partner, trainer, coach etc

Infiniti2001
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:44 PM
You don't have to apologize for saying that the Williams sisters are bad writers. If it's not enough for their fanbase that they won 17 Grand Slam titles and another 8 in doubles, and the sisters have to be viewed as excellent writers as well, that is those fans' own problem. IMO the Williams blogs are among the most boring of any that I have read since the WTA begun the feature.

Why am I not surprised by this? :help:

Max565
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:59 PM
I read in an ACE tennis mag interview that for most ATP players, a ghost writer will write the whole thing. A player would send a list of interesting things that happened that day and someone else will write the blog. Not sure it's the same for the WTA but it's probable.... these players are so busy, imagine having to write a blog after a long night time match..

Christinawww
Feb 25th, 2009, 06:56 PM
I think they can find the time. I am pretty sure Wozniacki writes the blog on her official web page, there are some mistakes which are very Danish in it, and if she can find the time, I am sure other players can as well. It is just a matter of taking advantage of their time

nevetssllim
Feb 25th, 2009, 10:01 PM
I think Murray was saying that he has someone who writes blogs for him. But I think that the WTA blogs I have read are all genuine - Mauresmo's from Luxembourg sounded very genuine because she started talking in depth about her wine and kept it very short after her thrashing from Dementieva. Wozniak's from Quebec sounded authentic and I doubt she has a large entourage travelling with her to do things like write blogs etc...

raffles
Feb 25th, 2009, 10:03 PM
I think Murray was saying that he has someone who writes blogs for him. But I think that the WTA blogs I have read are all genuine - Mauresmo's from Luxembourg sounded very genuine because she started talking in depth about her wine and kept it very short after her thrashing from Dementieva. Wozniak's from Quebec sounded authentic and I doubt she has a large entourage travelling with her to do things like write blogs etc...

Yes, but remember our education system is apparently the worst in the world so its no wonder that Andy can't write his own blog. :lol:

Most of WTA ones I've read seem believable enough, although those were on personal sites and not the WTA website.

Albireo
Feb 26th, 2009, 03:31 AM
Venus is doing just fine with her writing skills as she is the only active player to have anything actually published in a newspaper or book.

Not true. Mirza had an anti-infanticide column published in one of the major Indian newspapers.

AndyEvans
Feb 26th, 2009, 05:42 AM
I bet it's a by player basis, some do some don't. I bet some care more the others

TennisViewer531
Feb 26th, 2009, 08:04 AM
I wish I could ghost-write for one tennis pro (like any of the Williams sisters or Maria Sharapova). **wishful thinking***

bobbynorwich
Mar 1st, 2009, 04:14 PM
I wish I could ghost-write for one tennis pro (like any of the Williams sisters or Maria Sharapova). **wishful thinking***

Based on the quality of most player blogs, I'd say, yep, they write their own stuff.

chuvack
Mar 1st, 2009, 08:02 PM
I think they can find the time. I am pretty sure Wozniacki writes the blog on her official web page, there are some mistakes which are very Danish in it, and if she can find the time, I am sure other players can as well. It is just a matter of taking advantage of their time


Players who do blogs on their own website is a bit different than the ones on the official WTA site, where the WTA wants the writing to conform to a certain standard and avoid uncomfortable or controversial topics.