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InsideOut.
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:41 AM
As we can all see, Ana is facing some serious problems right now. Her game is falling apart and she's trying to fix it by disfiguring it, changing a tried-and-tested winning formula. Her fitness coach of three years has left, leaving her fitness unattended to and depriving her of a friend and mentor. Mentally she has become a wreck, and struggles to focus during matches, or close out sets and matches. Most worryingly, we see reports about how she is no longer a joyful, innocent girl on court, but cuts a melancholy figure on court. This is not the Ana that we have grown to love, either as a tennis player or more importantly as a person. As fans, though we sport our RIP avatars, we truly want the very best for her, so that, even if she cannot scale the heights she scaled before, she can continue to enjoy tennis as a game.

I propose writing a letter to her, with a few purposes in mind: firstly, to show her that her fans would never cease supporting her; secondly, to advise her that it is crucial to relax and think clearly; thirdly, that we loved her game as it was and remind her that it was the game that took her to the pinnacle of women's tennis. And of course, we could add in anything else we wish to say to her.

I'm not sure how we could deliver it to her, so we would need some suggestions about that.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we should begin our letter?

gaviotabr
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:50 AM
As we can all see, Ana is facing some serious problems right now. Her game is falling apart and she's trying to fix it by disfiguring it, changing a tried-and-tested winning formula. Her fitness coach of three years has left, leaving her fitness unattended to and depriving her of a friend and mentor. Mentally she has become a wreck, and struggles to focus during matches, or close out sets and matches. Most worryingly, we see reports about how she is no longer a joyful, innocent girl on court, but cuts a melancholy figure on court. This is not the Ana that we have grown to love, either as a tennis player or more importantly as a person. As fans, though we sport our RIP avatars, we truly want the very best for her, so that, even if she cannot scale the heights she scaled before, she can continue to enjoy tennis as a game.

I propose writing a letter to her, with a few purposes in mind: firstly, to show her that her fans would never cease supporting her; secondly, to advise her that it is crucial to relax and think clearly; thirdly, that we loved her game as it was and remind her that it was the game that took her to the pinnacle of women's tennis. And of course, we could add in anything else we wish to say to her.

I'm not sure how we could deliver it to her, so we would need some suggestions about that.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we should begin our letter?

:worship: Great post Ben!

I'll think about something to write.

AstuteLearner8
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:58 AM
Oh and when you guys finish writing the letter, can you type this website down http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/sports/playmagazine/601gift.html?_r=2&ref=sports or print the article and attach it to the letter if she still has serving woes by the time we finished the letter? Thanks :).

Hope this helps :P.

gaviotabr
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Oh and when you guys finish writing the letter, can you type this website down http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/sports/playmagazine/601gift.html?_r=2&ref=sports or print the article and attach it to the letter if she still has serving woes by the time we finished the letter? Thanks :).

Hope this helps :P.

Oh! That article! Can you believe a year ago The NY Times would dedicate a whole article to Ana's amazing serve!? How can it have gone down the drain so much? :sobbing: And more so, why on Earth would people want to change her natural motion? It was so smooth.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:02 AM
As we can all see, Ana is facing some serious problems right now. Her game is falling apart and she's trying to fix it by disfiguring it, changing a tried-and-tested winning formula. Her fitness coach of three years has left, leaving her fitness unattended to and depriving her of a friend and mentor. Mentally she has become a wreck, and struggles to focus during matches, or close out sets and matches. Most worryingly, we see reports about how she is no longer a joyful, innocent girl on court, but cuts a melancholy figure on court. This is not the Ana that we have grown to love, either as a tennis player or more importantly as a person. As fans, though we sport our RIP avatars, we truly want the very best for her, so that, even if she cannot scale the heights she scaled before, she can continue to enjoy tennis as a game.

I propose writing a letter to her, with a few purposes in mind: firstly, to show her that her fans would never cease supporting her; secondly, to advise her that it is crucial to relax and think clearly; thirdly, that we loved her game as it was and remind her that it was the game that took her to the pinnacle of women's tennis. And of course, we could add in anything else we wish to say to her.

I'm not sure how we could deliver it to her, so we would need some suggestions about that.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we should begin our letter?

You are good :worship::worship:
Ana`s fans from her forum have a pink envelope something similar to this.They always write a few massage to Ana and find someone to deliver pink envelope to her

Curtos07
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:04 AM
Great idea! :) :worship: Does anybody know anyone who is going to the USO?

InsideOut.
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:14 AM
I'm not sure how to start a letter like this...but I do want to insert the quote 'a smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of problems' :)

AstuteLearner8
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:21 AM
I'm not sure how to start a letter like this...but I do want to insert the quote 'a smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of problems' :)

You can actually insert a quote at a beginning of the letter, I think it's a good idea. As long as you have a paragraph to support the quote. In fact I heard the quote is one of her favorite quotes...

InsideOut.
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:29 AM
It is her favourite quote, and it quickly also became mine. :) :p

AstuteLearner8
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:34 AM
I think that we should at least brainstorm before starting the letter, unless everybody has a clear idea on how to write the letter.

So start off the letter with that quote then!!!

The 2nd Law
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:51 AM
Ben, that's an awesome idea! :) I have something to add, at the end of the letter, we could finish it like this:
Signed:
Justin Scriha
........
And so on, get as many people as we can to include their names on the letter.

jonnyroyale_13
Aug 17th, 2009, 05:30 AM
It hurts to read the forums this past week, and its nothing to do with the tennis now. Seeing her losing to Coin or whoever is nothing compared to seeing Ana not being Ana. Im sure someone can relate to this, its like when you were younger and parents or friends say 'whats wrong?' and you're like, 'Nothings wrong!' Now its like all her fans here just wish they could say, 'Ana, whats wrong:hug:'
We cant pretend to know whats going on with her, but there certainly seems to be something wrong with our Ana.:sad::sad:

Horizon
Aug 17th, 2009, 11:28 AM
THe "pink envelope" is sent every other tournament, I doubt she reads it all to be honest, it must get kind of annoying having 60 messages to read again and again :sad:

But I'm not against the idea. I like the quote but it might be weird to start the letter in my opinion? Maybe we could include that in a footer, at the bottom or even on the envelope? A traditional "Dear Ana. Over the past few months things haven't exactly been great for us, as an avid fan of what used to be your wonderful tennis etc..."
But that's a bit harsh :lol: Something to that effect.


About delivery, maybe we could send it to her home in Basel? But she doesn't really go back that often, we could do a standard delivery at a tournemnt, isn't Myr, or anybody, going to the US Open? I doubt they would mind.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Aug 17th, 2009, 02:32 PM
I did it a few times in pink enveloppe. I even delivered it already 3 times before.
You won't know for sure if she reads it, but I don't think she completely ignores it.
I guess she reads it now and then.

The PE is the best way to do this. You just need someone who goes to the tournament.
If you just send it to her management, then who knows what happens with it.

InsideOut.
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Isa and I were discussing the letter, and we came up with a first paragraph like this, wonder what you think about it. :scratch:

"Dear Ana,

The tennis world has been abuzz lately, what with Kim Clijsters coming back and the US Open Series heating up. You've been in the midst of it all, and, although we cannot say that we have experienced it first-hand, it must surely be very stressful for you and your camp. With the arduous hitting sessions and off-court fitness work, being a tennis professional does seem to be very taxing on both the mind and the body. As such, we definitely hope that you're not putting too much pressure on yourself."

gaviotabr
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:43 PM
I think it's nice to start the letter.. just breaking the ice.

Then I would like to tell her I want to see her just having fun on court again, really enjoying, no matter what. Something like "relax and play, bring that smile at every moment, no matter what."

Balltossovic
Aug 17th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Great idea! :) :worship: Does anybody know anyone who is going to the USO?
I'm going:)

SOA_MC
Aug 17th, 2009, 04:26 PM
I'm sorry but this is a little bit to much :o

Sending Ana a letter of support is great :yeah: But Ana is not going to listen to some fans telling her how to play

Mixo
Aug 17th, 2009, 04:39 PM
We wont tell her the way she has to serve or play, Audio. We just want to give her all our support at this bad moment. I want to do that. Great idea InsideOut.

Mixo
Aug 20th, 2009, 04:36 PM
:bigwave:



What about the letter, guys?

InsideOut.
Nov 11th, 2009, 01:24 PM
Bump. Let's start over.

gaviotabr
Nov 11th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Umm.. I want to tell Ana

GET YOUR HEAD TOGETHER! You are going to waste a promising career if you keep this up. I don't think you realize that..

MM_1257
Dec 3rd, 2009, 11:10 PM
I think she does realize... What if she doesn't want it? :) jk ;) Let's see what happens.