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Sep 24th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Should tennis players follow local tradition even if it is against their regiment, custom or even religion? Of course not.

Found this (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080920/election2008_arts_080923/20080923?s_name=election2008) news comment by "thorns around the rose" today on CTV's website.

Comment by: thorns around the rose

Harper has helped the CANADIAN arts!

I'm not well informed on this issue, but I am
certain Torontonians are glad they received funding
from the Harper government for the Toronto
International Film Festival, TIFF.

TIFF is the festival that showcases the medium in
which Canadians favour most- film. It is open to

What if a certain arts community, company or person
received all the money needed and his or her movie
flopped, would the Canadian government that issued
them an arts grant be at fault? Or, what if the
artist humiliates the Canadian culture with their
film at the expense of Canadian tax dollars, what
would be the election issue then?

Since Harper has assisted the TIFF, as an arts
initiative, others could learn from that example if
they have the artistic talent, if not, they can
seek funding from their province. Long live the
province of Quebec funding for the arts![and not
forcing a tennis champion to drink champaign after
her championship victory disguised as a cultural
tradition of Montreal!]

Anyone know if Safina had to follow Montreal
tradition this summer?

News update: Quebec artists will be protesting
tonight at Club Soda in Montreal.

I thought Thorns Around The Roseís comment was a little farfetched but then I
found this 2006 Diary Entry (http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=diary&yearmonth=2006-08&detailpage=102) on Ana's website:

This is an unbelievable reward / August 22, 2006

I am in New York already! It feels great to be the
winner of this big tournament. This is definitely
the biggest moment in my career so far. Iím really,
really happy. I think Montreal will always be a
special place for me.

When I won, I didnít know how to react. It wasnít
like the match against Srebotnik, where I was
jumping up and down. I was really happy with the
way I played and felt good on the court.

The first thing after the match I went to see my
mum and David. But then she had to rush back to the
hotel to pack. Actually, we almost missed our

After that I had a quick shower, then I did press,
then there is a tradition in Montreal where the
tournament staff drink champagne with the winner.
So I opened the bottle and had a little drink to
celebrate with them!

I have to say I am a little bit surprised by how
quickly I have improved since I started working
with my new team. A lot of it has to do with
confidence. I feel that every part of my game has
got stronger with the help of David and Scott.

This is an unbelievable reward for me. I put in a
lot of hard work but I didnít expect this so fast.
Iím just happy that it came and itís a big
motivation for me to keep this level and even
improve it.

I didnít know that I had won the US Open Series
until after the match. I wasnít thinking about it
at all. It was a real surprise for me and I am
happy about this also.

Each tournament I played in America, I played
better and better, especially this week. I think I
played some good tennis so I probably deserved to
win it. It makes me even more excited about the US

I wonít practice tennis tomorrow but I will still
have a workout in the morning. Then in the
afternoon the first priority is shopping!

In the evening we will go to a restaurant to
celebrate. Me, my mum and David were joking after
the match because David said earlier in the week
that if I won the tournament he would take us out
for a very expensive meal Ė so I hope he has enough

I have always said that I still feel this is the
beginning of my career. This is probably a big step
for me because now I feel I am one of the top
players. It is going to be interesting to see how
far I can go.

It is always great to know that there are a lot of
people supporting me. I am very grateful for this!


Then I watched some of the Canadian politicians speaking about art funding and, and, and talking about squeezingÖ:cuckoo: thatís when I stopped thinking about the artists and starting thinking about tennis, which made me think of this yearís Rogers Cup Players Party entrance (http://tinyurl.com/5e7kbh) when YouJean:cuckoo: put his arm around the players as they entered the party for a photo op.

Sep 24th, 2008, 08:27 PM
First, I must say I didn't hear about that, but I'm sure nobody forced Dinara to do anything she didn't want to. It's important in Mtl (in general) to respect the traditions of people coming from other countries, so I don't think we'd force our tennis champion to do something if it's against her religion, or customs, or w/e... The players are treated extremely well here.

If it really did happen, then I'm pretty ashamed about that. It's simply not in our traditions to force someone to do something. And besides, I don't think there's anything "insulting" in refusing to do something because it's against what you believe in/what you think is right to do, so it wasn't necessary to push her.

And I can see that Ana didn't complain about our traditions :hehehe:.

Sep 24th, 2008, 08:30 PM

Sep 24th, 2008, 09:55 PM
err what's wrong in drinking a cup of champaign??

Sep 24th, 2008, 10:15 PM
Storm in a teacup.

Sep 24th, 2008, 10:23 PM
err what's wrong in drinking a cup of champaign??

1. Some people do not like the taste of alcohol.
2. Some people feel sick if they drink alcohol.
3. Some people are taking medication that prohibits their drinking alcohol.
4. Some people are substance-dependent and cannot drink alcohol.

Martian Willow
Sep 24th, 2008, 11:17 PM
Dinara is a big girl and can look after herself. :)

Sep 25th, 2008, 03:56 AM
What if you just don't want to do it because you hate the taste of champagne!? It would be better/more respectful for me (if I was a female tennis playing champion!) not to do it because I'm sure the organisers wouldn't want to see the expression on my face as I drank their lovely champagne! I'm crap at hiding my reactions, especially when eating or drinking!

Sep 25th, 2008, 04:26 AM

Sep 25th, 2008, 04:29 AM
Bonjour Montreal,

I agree players should stand up for themselves wherever they are in this world competing.

Even though you are a Montrťaler, I would not expect you to know why the Rogers Cup staff needed to take these types of security precautions as shown in the pictures below.

Maybe it's because alcohol is sold at this sporting event and some people do stupid stuff under the influence of alcohol towards female players?

Maybe they even yell at Ana during her match before her serve saying, ďAna, Iím drunk! I want to eat!Ē:ignore:

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6707/rc08july30kd2.th.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rc08july30kd2.jpg)http://img213.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)
Photo credits go to dumasp from Ana's website forum.
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I know Montrealers would be appalled if they knew, especially the BQ; hence, the rigorous thank you hand shake from Gilles Duceppe to Jack Layton.