In interview for Serbia daily newspaper her father Misho Ivaovic said that it was too low for commentator to ask her such a question, and that she only said that she likes visiting Zurich, cause she thinks it's a nice city, and to prove the interview on the site was wrong is that they wrote that she lives in Bulgaria, her father said she only went there once!!!!!!!!
Desperate Swiss trying to get another player for them!!!!! He says it is probably being made of jelousy
Oct 21st, 2004, 09:28 PM
It's crazy how there are so many threads about Ana all of a sudden. :lol:
I thought that interview was a bit stupid, especially the part about Bulgaria, I mean, WTF??? I didn't take it that seriously.
I hear you... but unfortunately money rules. so you better get used to it.
Oct 22nd, 2004, 07:49 AM
Only a fortnight ago at the 59th bithday of JSD Partizan a happy-looking Ana Ivanovic received an award for sportsperson of the year of her club (According to a poster on B92.net.)
Today's internet edition of Vecernje Novosti shed some light on the speculation regarding who she wants to represent. Here's the translation.
Lies And Jeaolousy
A. PALIĆ 21.10.2004, 18:02:19
Ana did not request Swiss travel documents! After only one round of Europe's biggest indoor event, the Zurich media aswell as the media in our country ran the news story that our talented tennis player (who soon turns 17) wishes to play under the Swiss flag. Apparently Ana made these statements at the press conference after her 2-1 victory against Golovin.
- It's simply false. We neither requested nor were offererd Swiss travel documents - was Misha Ivanovic (her dad's) categorical reply - Ana answered dozens of questions at the press conference and the only thing she said was that she always likes coming to Switzerland and enjoys it whenever she visists Zurich. It's likely that it was this statement that was accidentally (or purposely) distorted by someone.
The father of Serbia-Montenegro's great hope in the "white sport" remarks that his phone went red hot after the news from Zurich filtered through. Everyone called, from friends to the head of Serbia-Montenegro's Tennis Federation who for the first time voiced their concern for the extra-talented tennis player.
- Some of the players, I don't know for what reason, probably jealousy, invented the story that Ana has a Swiss passport for 6 months now and lies that are being circulated through the tennis comminity. - Ana's dad explains.
Since her current coach is the head of the Swiss Fed Cup team coupled with the fact that Ana has strong sponsorship links with that country people concluded that she was on the verge of a move. Still, the biggest indicator that she didn't change who she wants to represent was her famous "quote" that she lives in Bulgaria !
- That's just funny. Ana has been to Bulgaria only once, to play a tournament. - answers a smiling Misa Ivanovic.
When faced with a bunch of adults asking questions generally a 16 year old kid would say anything in order to win approval or acceptance it would be child's play to manipulate them into saying something controversial i.e -
Journo: Do you like the tournament?
Ana: Yes it's great I love it
Journo: How do you like being in Switzerland?
Ana: It's great, lovely people and nice scenery
Journo: It would be a good place to live and train?
Ana: Yes it would be fabulous,so many nice mountains and cuckoo clocks
Journo: A Swiss passport would be nice thing to have?
Ana: Yeah that would be good
Job done! now the journo has his story
I blame the WTA aren't they are supposed to have someone moderating these press conferences so that players don't get trapped by devious journalists.
Oct 22nd, 2004, 10:04 AM
I'm really confused (again, lol).
Oct 22nd, 2004, 10:27 AM
Well, in today's newspapers she says that those weren't her exact words, and that she only said she enjoys being in Switzerland.