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tennisIlove09
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:06 AM
Agent: Kournikova needs to cut back schedule

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PARIS -- Anna Kournikova's tennis career may be in jeopardy after her agent revealed Tuesday a long-standing back injury may force her out of the game.

In the latest issue of 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 hard-court 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.

TatiAnnahølic
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:08 AM
this is so sad :sad:

Dava
Jul 30th, 2003, 07:29 AM
OMG Anna, I really hope this doesnt mean what it does.:sad:

DunkMachine
Jul 30th, 2003, 09:08 AM
:topic:

The Guilty
Jul 30th, 2003, 09:08 AM
OMG Anna, I really hope this doesnt mean what it does.:sad:

Me too :sad: :sad:

Annarocks
Jul 30th, 2003, 01:33 PM
DAMN....this could be it. THis sucks....

goldenlox
Jul 30th, 2003, 02:52 PM
I saw tv highlights of Anna from WTT doubles played last week.
She served well, was running and reaching to her left and right.
And she had a great time.
Anna is far from retiring. Unless some new injury happens.
And this stuff was said 2 weeks ago.

Annarocks
Jul 30th, 2003, 04:50 PM
I really hope you're right goldenlox... I still believe.

Dawn Marie
Jul 30th, 2003, 05:56 PM
I saw this coming. Unfortunately it will not led to retirement though, but just part-time play.

Back injuries are no joke and they are serious. You can't move at times and they are painful. This is the #1 reason why young adults are not able to work and are on disability.

Truthfully, Martina has a better chance with her foot then Anna probably will with this back injury.