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jirobkk
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:54 AM
There will be an official announcement on Thursday, 14 August 2003 at Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) by Minister of Tourism and Sports, Sonthaya Khunpluem, that they has invited Anna Kournikova to be a presenter to publicizes Thailand to encourage Thai and international tourists to travel in Thailand. TAT will pay more than $US 250,000 to Anna for presenter fee of this project.

As far as I know, Anna will be playing Volvo Women's Open 2003 which will takes place at Dusit Resort, Pattaya from the 1-9 November 2003. She will also playing exhibition match with Tammy and join tennis clinic as well.

This is our good chance for Thai people to meet the world great players in Thailand. I'm defenitely exciting. Can't wait to meet her in Pattaya.

:kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

TAT link : http://www.tourismthailand.org/index.php

xcrtbckhnd
Aug 8th, 2003, 04:56 AM
Great news!!!! I hope Anna actually plays the tournament!!!!

tennisjam
Aug 8th, 2003, 10:17 AM
...at her place, I would spare my money for a beauty-salon rather than paying expensive plane tickets and hotels for nothing, unless she does a tourist... :rolleyes: ;)

TatiAnnahølic
Aug 8th, 2003, 10:19 AM
good news thanks! :D

Rising Sun
Aug 8th, 2003, 01:37 PM
I guess then that one of the WCs has been decided... :rolleyes:

Good initiative from TAT, but surely there are other high-profile athletes to promote Thailand? :confused:

Looking forward to the exhibition match between Anna & Tammy, as they haven't played in more than 4 years. :hearts:

Fantastic
Aug 8th, 2003, 01:45 PM
I laugh to think that we used to complain that Anna Kournikova never played anything below a Tier 2, and now here she is this year playing Challengers and Tier 5 tournaments. It's great for Thai tennis and it's great for Anna to play an event like this. My only concern is her fitness and her ability to deal with the humidity, unless the matches are played in the evening and night like in Dubai and Doha.

Dava
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:20 PM
Good choice Anna!

decemberlove
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:26 PM
I laugh to think that we used to complain that Anna Kournikova never played anything below a Tier 2, and now here she is this year playing Challengers and Tier 5 tournaments. It's great for Thai tennis and it's great for Anna to play an event like this. My only concern is her fitness and her ability to deal with the humidity, unless the matches are played in the evening and night like in Dubai and Doha.

she lives in florida and wears long-sleeved shirts during practice.

switz
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:27 PM
what if she qualifies for the end of year championships? don't laugh! it's gonna happen! (j/k)

CamilleVidann
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:28 PM
Is she also playing the Shanghai tournament?

TartarVicario
Aug 8th, 2003, 03:37 PM
Anna :hearts: , I will go to see her at Pattaya :D

jirobkk
Aug 9th, 2003, 08:48 AM
From local newspaper :http://www.bangkokpost.com/Sports/09Aug2003_sport45.html

VOLVO WOMEN'S OPEN
Kournikova invited to play
Tor Chittinand

Russia's Anna Kournikova has been invited to play in the Volvo Women's Open at the Dusit Resort, Pattaya in November.

Organisers Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd, said the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) had invited Kournikova and the TAT would cover the10 million baht appearance fee.

Kournikova has been troubled by persistent injuries this year, but it is hoped she will be fit by that time.

The tournament will take place November 2-10

Adm Bannawit Kengrien, the LTAT secretary general said that Kournikova would also hold a tennis clinic for young players.

He said it was encouraging that more top tennis players were coming to Thailand.

In September, Thailand is hosting an ATP Tour event for the first time.

anton
Aug 9th, 2003, 08:50 AM
when, i mean if anna withdraws does she still keep the appearance money?

jirobkk
Aug 9th, 2003, 09:03 AM
when, i mean if anna withdraws does she still keep the appearance money?

I think her main aim is to be a a presenter to publicizes Thailand to encourage Thai and international tourists to travel in Thailand. As far as I know she has signed a contract with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

I'm not sure if she will play Volvo Women's Open 2003, Pattaya or not. It is up to her condition. There will be an official announcement regarding this matter on Thursday, 14 August 2003 at Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) by Minister of Tourism and Sports, Sonthaya Khunpluem.

azza
Aug 9th, 2003, 09:43 AM
She will prob pull out :o

anton
Aug 9th, 2003, 10:11 AM
Why would people who are Thai travel to Thailand? Arent they already there?

jenny161185
Aug 9th, 2003, 11:12 AM
i really hope she makes a tennis comeback and shows everyone what she's made of!

seldom83
Aug 9th, 2003, 11:46 AM
i doubt she is gonna play....i mean she has committed almost every tourney this year and also pulled out of every one...she has a tendency to pull out...we all know that

jirobkk
Aug 15th, 2003, 12:52 AM
Anna treat for local fans
Published on Aug 15, 2003

Local fans' long wait to see Anna Kournikova in the flesh will soon be over as the former world No 8 has committed to play an exhibition match with Tamarine Tanasugarn during a visit to Pattaya in November to promote Thai tourism.

The Russian pin-up - more famous for her looks than her achievements on the court - will visit the Kingdom from November 6-9 to make a promotional video of tourist sites in Pattaya for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which is paying her more than Bt10 million in appearance fees.

The popular 22-year-old, who has never won a singles championship on the WTA tour, will duel with Tammy on November 9 after the singles final of the US$110,000 (Bt4.6 million) Volvo Women's Open, which runs from 1-9 November at the Dusit Resort Hotel in Pattaya. The exhibition match will be shown live on TV.

"Anna is the right presenter for us as she is very popular all over the world. She will do promotional videos and interviews which will be used to promote Pattaya and Thailand,'' said Sanchai Euachongprasit, deputy governor of marketing at the TAT.

The TAT plans to use sports as a vehicle to promote the ailing tourism industry, staging tournaments and selling package tours to foreign sports enthusiasts.

Kournikova will participate in a number of other activities when she is here, including a tennis clinic with Tamarine for children on November 8.

The Russian star will also donate an autographed tennis shirt for a charity auction.

However, the Russian has not confirmed her participation in the Volvo tournament as she has been undergoing rehabilitation for a lumbar sacral sprain on her ankle. She has pulled out from a series of tournaments since June and her world ranking has plummeted to 135.

At 16, Kournikova stole the limelight at the All England Club by entering the semi-finals of Wimbledon before losing to the eventual champion, Martina Hingis.

While she reached a career high of No 8 in singles in 2000, she has fared better of late in doubles competition by becoming world No 1 with Hingis in November last year.

Dubbed by the media as "Spice Girls", the duo has twice won the Australian Open title - in 1999 and 2002.

Kournikova's trip to Thailand is being co-organised by the TAT, Pentangle Promotions and Traffic Corner. Fans who want tickets to see her exhibition match can contact Pentangle Promotions on (02) 382-3491.

Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
THE NATION

antonella
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:00 AM
I think her main aim is to be a a presenter to publicizes Thailand to encourage Thai and international tourists to travel in Thailand.


LOL... Sounds more like it like she's planning on shooting her next calander and *no doubt* accompanying video in Thailand this time..

Shuji Shuriken
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:34 AM
I hope she is in good shape :). I would love to see her back to her winning ways ;). No but seriously :p, I am really glad she's back in action :D.

WhatTheDeuce
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:39 AM
I can't wait for Anna to get back out there and play :sad:! GO ANNA!!!

GBFH
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:41 AM
ANNA ANNA ANNA!!!!!!

Go Anna!

jirobkk
Aug 15th, 2003, 05:56 AM
http://a799.g.akamai.net/3/799/388/0508a2d35fb97c/www.msnbc.com/news/1970214.jpg

http://www.msnbc.com/news/945787.asp

BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug. 14 — Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova will help promote the tourism industry in Thailand’s seaside town of Pattaya, playing an exhibition match with local No. 1 Tamarine Tanasugarn.

KOURNIKOVA, A TWO-TIME Grand Slam doubles champion, will be in Thailand Nov. 6-9 at the invitation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and will act as an ambassador for tourism in the beach city, said TAT’s Santichai Euachongprasit.
“As sports, especially tennis, are becoming more and more popular in Thailand, I would like to take this opportunity to use sport to promote the country by inviting Miss Kournikova to help us,” said Santichai.
Kournikova, the glamor girl of tennis, will also appear in “Unseen in Thailand,” a promotional TAT video on lesser known places of interest in and around the city.
Pattaya, whose beaches have long been one of Thailand’s biggest tourist destinations, has in recent years gained a seedy reputation because of a thriving sex industry.
The friendly match against Tamarine will be held Nov. 9 after the womens singles final of the WTA Volvo Womens Open at the Dusit Resort Hotel court in Pattaya.
Kournikova reached her best world ranking of No. 8 two years ago. But persistent injuries have kept her on the sidelines for most of the 2003 season with her rank dropping to 135.
Although she has won 16 doubles titles including two Australian Open in 1999 and 2002, she has never lifted a singles trophy. She has been criticized by the media for paying more attention to her looks than her game.
Kournikova’s career may be in jeopardy after her agent revealed last month that a long-standing back injury may force her out of the game.
In the French sports daily L’Equipe, agent Phil De Picciotto admitted that the 22-year-old ravishing Russian may be forced to dramatically cut back her playing schedule — if she is able to return to action.
Kournikova has had a miserable run of results over the past couple of seasons and did not play at the French Open or Wimbledon due to injury. She has played just five events this year and recently withdrew from the entire summer hardcourt season, including the U.S. Open.
“Considering the state of her back, Anna is unable to to feature in tournaments regularly,” De Picciotto told L’Equipe. “The past six months have proved that she has a real desire to play, but even if she feels better, she is not fit enough to play as much as she used to.”
The pin-up girl of tennis, Kournikova has never won a singles title on the WTA Tour, with most of her riches predominantly coming from sponsorship deals. She tried to resurrect her career in May by playing on the Challenger circuit, but had to pull out due to her back ailment.
Her best performance in seven years as a professional came when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1997. She reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings in December 2000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wojtek
Aug 15th, 2003, 06:11 AM
Good luck Anna

jirobkk
Aug 15th, 2003, 04:59 PM
http://www.foxsports.com/content/view?contentId=1582312

Kournikova to act as Thailand tourism ambassador
Associated Press
Aug. 14, 2003 5:25 p.m.
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)—

Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova will help promote the tourism industry in Thailand's seaside town of Pattaya, playing an exhibition match with local No. 1 Tamarine Tanasugarn.
Kournikova, a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, will be in Thailand Nov. 6-9 at the invitation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and will act as an ambassador for tourism in the beach city, said TAT's Santichai Euachongprasit.

"As sports, especially tennis, are becoming more and more popular in Thailand, I would like to take this opportunity to use sport to promote the country by inviting Miss Kournikova to help us," said Santichai.

Kournikova, the glamor girl of tennis, will also appear in "Unseen in Thailand," a promotional TAT video on lesser known places of interest in and around the city.

Pattaya, whose beaches have long been one of Thailand's biggest tourist destinations, has in recent years gained a seedy reputation because of a thriving sex industry.

The friendly match against Tamarine will be held Nov. 9 after the womens singles final of the WTA Volvo Womens Open at the Dusit Resort Hotel court in Pattaya.

Kournikova reached her best world ranking of No. 8 two years ago.

But persistent injuries have kept her on the sidelines for most of the 2003 season with her rank dropping to 135.

Although she has won 16 doubles titles including two Australian Open in 1999 and 2002, she has never lifted a singles trophy.

She has been criticized by the media for paying more attention to her looks than her game.

mboyle
Aug 15th, 2003, 05:25 PM
so is she playing the tournament or not?:confused:

ALPHA
Aug 15th, 2003, 08:09 PM
so is she playing the tournament or not?:confused:


obviously not, she prefers to feature in a sightseeing video for Thailand ...

... no comment :fiery:

Daniel
Aug 15th, 2003, 08:11 PM
Anna :bounce:

The Guilty
Aug 15th, 2003, 08:20 PM
Oh great, Anna will go to play exhibitions and not to play the tournament :rolleyes: I'm getting tired of this s***

jirobkk
Aug 16th, 2003, 02:32 AM
so is she playing the tournament or not?:confused:

She will be playing an exhibition match with local No. 1 Tamarine Tanasugarn which will be held Nov. 9 after the womens singles final of the WTA Volvo Womens Open at the Dusit Resort Hotel court in Pattaya. Anna and Tammy will also have tennis clinic schedule for the children as well.

She will visit Thailand from November 6-9 to make a promotional video of tourist sites in Pattaya for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

:worship: :kiss: :worship:

jojoseph
Aug 16th, 2003, 03:46 AM
Her singles career is appearing to be ending.

GBFH
Aug 16th, 2003, 03:49 AM
*sigh*
the end is nigh! the end is nigh! the end is nigh!

hitman
Aug 16th, 2003, 03:52 AM
Jesus Frigging Christ.......

Crazy Canuck
Aug 16th, 2003, 03:58 AM
At least she's doing some good with her name. She's making a tourism video...don't you all prefer this to smut ? ;)

hitman
Aug 16th, 2003, 04:04 AM
At least she's doing some good with her name. She's making a tourism video...don't you all prefer this to smut ? ;)

Not really. If she cant play on tour, everything is pretty much fucked up in my view. :mad:

GBFH
Aug 16th, 2003, 04:05 AM
At least she's doing some good with her name. She's making a tourism video...don't you all prefer this to smut ? ;)

:lol:
depends on whom you ask, yes?

SerialKiller#69
Aug 16th, 2003, 10:39 AM
Thailand is a cool place. Maybe she sees it as a sponsored vacation... Anyways, I'd rather see her play in the beginning of next year.

jirobkk
Aug 20th, 2003, 07:22 AM
http://www.pentanglepromotions.com/anna/unseen_logo.jpg

Anna Kournikova in Pattaya

Anna Kournikova, international superstar, model and tennis ace will be participating in the Volvo Women's Open, which will be held from 1 - 9 November 2003 at the Dusit Resort, Pattaya.

Anna's visit to Pattaya is being supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, for whom, she will also be acting as a presenter to promote tourism in the city. Anna will be appearing on court at the Dusit Resort, Pattaya on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November.
On Saturday 8 November, she will make an appearance with Thai star, Tamarine Tanasugarn and the Volvo Young Star tennis team who will put on a special show for spectators. The show will be held before the doubles final.

On Sunday 9 November, Anna Kournikova will take on Tamarine Tanasugarn is a best of three sets exhibitionmatch, called the Superstar Challenge. The match will be held after the women's singles final.

Anna a skilled and graceful player was ranked No 8 in the world two years ago, but a back injury this season, has resulted in her making few appearances on court.

Tamarine celebrated her first WTA win earlier this year and the two players will be evenly matched, making a fascinating contest in prospect.

Anna will be performing a number of activities during her stay in Pattaya. She will be the presenter in a video promoting Pattaya for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and will attend a special reception at the Dusit Resort. Anna has also donated a signed match shirt to be auctioned for charity.

Besides Anna, a number of other leading tennis stars will be appearing at the Volvo Women's Open in November. The tournament, which is the last stop on the women's world tour has consistently attracted a high quality field of top stars, and past winners include Maggie Maleeva, Patty Schnyder and Julie Halar-Deculgis.

For further details and ticket information concerning Anna Kournikova in Pattaya, please contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd, Tel 382-3491-3, Fax 382-3490. or e-mail us at: ppc@pentanglepromotions.com

Our official tour agent, SEA Tours is organising special all-in package holidays for Anna fans to Thailand.
For further information, please contact Mr Chris Tan at ctan@seatoursthai.com

What better way to entertain your corporate customers or top performers in the company then by taking them to see Anna Kournikova close-up and enjoying a first-class hospitality programme at the same time.

Pentangle Promotions has designed the Exclusive Corporate Hospitality programme for you, which includes:

* Corporate Hospitality box courtside for a close-up view of the action on court and your company logo on TV.

* VIP treatment for your guests, including special welcome pack, access to our deluxe hospitality suite, where you can meet fellow executives, tennis stars, and well-known personalities in the tennis world over a glass of wine or luncheon.

* Be part of an extensive hospitality programme which includes, disco-evening with the stars, pre-finals lunch get-together, post-finals celebration.

* One page full colour advertisement in the official souvenir programme.
* Plus lots of other benefits.

For further information, please contact us on 02-382-3488 or e-mail us at ppc@pentanglepromotions.com

bello
Aug 20th, 2003, 08:44 AM
poor Anna, career that just went wrong!! :(

hope she wins this and turns things around!

she needs her first title desperately!!

jirobkk
Aug 20th, 2003, 09:43 AM
poor Anna, career that just went wrong!! :(

hope she wins this and turns things around!

she needs her first title desperately!!

She will be playing only an exhibition match with local No. 1 Tamarine Tanasugarn which will be held Nov. 9 after the womens singles final of the WTA Volvo Womens Open at the Dusit Resort Hotel court in Pattaya. Anna and Tammy will also have tennis clinic schedule for the children as well.

She will visit Thailand from November 6-9 to make a promotional video of tourist sites in Pattaya for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

jirobkk
Oct 8th, 2003, 01:45 AM
Tammy ready to take on Anna
Published on Oct 8, 2003

[TENNIS] Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn has set her sights on winning the second title of her career in the US$115,000 (Bt4.6 million) Volvo Women’s Open, which will feature an exhibition match between the Thai No 1 and Russian pinup Anna Kournikova.

Tamarine, fresh from collecting her doubles trophy with Russia’s Maria Sharapova in Tokyo last week, will be chasing her second title in the Volvo Open from November 39 in Pattaya. She won her maiden title in Hyderabad earlier this year.

“I would love to win in Pattaya because it is a home tournament and people will push me to do well there. Winning a second title is one of my goals now,’’ said Tamarine, whose best run in the tournament is the final in 1996.

The world No 32 is also committed to playing a best of threeset exhibition match against former world No 8 Kournikova on September 9 after the singles final. The Russian has been sidelined with a severe back injury since June, leading to fears that she might hang up her racquet.

“I have never heard anything about her retirement, but I think Anna still loves the game. It will be great to play her in Pattaya and great for the kids too as she will open a clinic for them,’’ said Tamarine.

The Russian, expected to visit the Kingdom for the first time on November 6, said in a video at a press conference at the Dusit Thani Hotel yesterday that she will play in Pattaya and has made a deal with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to do a promotional video about tourist sites in the beach resort.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Thailand and playing with Tammy. I’m also looking forward to many fun places in Pattaya,’’ said the Russian.

Tamarine is now working with physical trainer Alexandra Laws at home to get ready for two European tournaments, one in Zurich and the other in Luxembourg, before coming back for the Pattaya tournament.

“I will have to play the qualifying round in Zurich, but I will be able to compete in the main draw in Luxembourg. I expect to do well in Luxembourg as I will be one of the top seeds,’’ said Tamarine, who leaves Bangkok on Thursday afternoon.

Tamarine will be one of the top contenders in Pattaya. Other favourites will be Russian Elena Bovina, Alicia Molik of Australia, Japan’s Shinobu Asagoe and Petra Mandula of Hungary.

Three champions will also be there – 2002 winner Angelique Widjaja of Indonesia, 1997 winner Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia and 1996 winner Ruxandra Draomir.

Other big names include 1997 French Open champion Iva Majoli of Croatia, American rising star Ashley Harkleroad and Thai wild card holder Napaporn Tongsalee.

Lerpong Amsangiam
The Nation