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Aug 5th, 2004, 02:59 PM
from www.tennisweek.com (http://www.tennisweek.com/)

Smashnova-Pistolesi Will Play Olympics

By Adrianna Outlaw

Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi will wear the label she's always wanted Olympic competitor after a clothing clash between Lotto, Smashnova-Pistolesi's clothing sponsor, and Speedo, which is the official clothing sponsor for the Israeli Olympic team, was settled yesterday.

The 18th-ranked Smashnova-Pistolesi, regarded as one of Israel's best hopes for an Olympic medal, will not wear a sponsor's log on her on-court apparel. The owner of eight WTA Tour titles will wear Lotto shoes for her matches and the official Speedo team uniform for all off-court Olympic functions, said Smashnova-Pistolesi's management firm, ITMS Sports, which helped broker the compromise.

"We've found a way to agree," Smashnova-Pistolesi said in a statement. "I'm very pleased. It was getting down to the wire and quite tiring, but I was sure that my manager would find a way to resolve the dispute. I look forward to representing Israel and my many great fans from Israel at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens."

The 28-year-old Smashnova-Pistolesi was born in Belarus, but moved to Israel in 1991 at the age of 14 and won the Roland Garros junior singles title the same year. Smashnova-Pistolesi, who completed mandatory service in the Israeli army in April of 1997, married her coach, Claudio Pistolesi on December 7th, 2002.

Kim Clijsters cited a clothing dispute in her decision not to enter the Olympics. The Belgian Olympic Committee declared all of its athletes must wear adidas the official clothing sponsor of the Belgian Olympic team and declined Clijsters' request that she wear Fila, which has been her clothing sponsor since May of 2002. As a result, Clijsters, who remains sidelined recovering from wrist surgery, did not enter the Olympics.

YAY Anna and good luck....would be wonderful to see you take a medal:bounce: :bounce: