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May 21st, 2013 01:12 AM
jameshazza
Re: Positive & Random Acts of Kindness ...WTA Style.

Thanks for responses, I'm not questioning the gesture, just the figure that they personally would have donated considering half their money was taken from them at the time. It's still a great thing to do either way.

I'm not sure on this won, but I think that Maria got some sort of vehicle for USO 2006 as a result of her USO series ranking that she auctioned off for some charity. I think it used to be on her Wiki page but isn't there anymore.
May 21st, 2013 12:42 AM
Shafanovic.
Re: Positive & Random Acts of Kindness ...WTA Style.

Loving this thread

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Originally Posted by lenas warriors View Post
Azarenka helping Petko after she rolled her ankle, Stuttgart 2012

Kvitty goat dishing out top ten wins to anyone
May 20th, 2013 02:18 PM
Chastainiac
Re: Positive & Random Acts of Kindness ...WTA Style.

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Originally Posted by Asherahpova View Post
With regard to the Li Zheng donations, when did the Chinese system of taking 65% of the earnings change? Was it before or after Wimbledon?
After. It changed since 2009.
May 20th, 2013 03:37 AM
New_balls_please
Re: Positive & Random Acts of Kindness ...WTA Style.

Mary Joe Fernandez talking to Dominique van Roost after the Belgian retired from the QF of the AO in 1997

May 20th, 2013 03:31 AM
New_balls_please
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Dominique Monami (van Roost) lending Paola Suarez some $$$ so she could start her career.
May 20th, 2013 02:32 AM
tennisbum79
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Originally Posted by Asherahpova View Post
With regard to the Li Zheng donations, when did the Chinese system of taking 65% of the earnings change? Was it before or after Wimbledon?
That is true, but I think they may have stopped , after heavy criticism from international press and social media.

It is very important to save face in Chinese culture, they were surprised and could not manage the narrative, it was already in international media.
This was happening across all sports, and even parents of athletes who revolted against this practice are urging their children not to make waves and embarrass the government.



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Chinese Athletes Say No to the System

Robertas Dackus/Euroleague Basketball, via Getty Images
The Chinese Basketball Association suspended and condemned Fan Bin, far right, for his violent behavior; the coach was reinstated after he promised to change his ways.

BEIJING — Perhaps it was the latest bruise turning purple, or those final flecks of spit wiped away while walking off the court, or the curses echoing off the bleachers. Whatever the reason, the members of China’s national junior basketball team decided one day in April that enough was enough. So they wrote down their plea in teenager scrawl, signed their names with ink-stained fingerprints and sent it to the Chinese Basketball Association.


..
Success is also fueling rebellion within the athletic ranks among those talented enough to challenge the system. The tennis star Li Na, 29, was forced to choose between her career and her country in 2008 when she left the Chinese national team after sports officials refused to relinquish control of her life.
“When I was on the national team, the state picked my coach and chose which tournaments I played in,” she said in a phone interview. “Now that I’m on my own, I can make my own decisions.”
In June, Li won the French Open singles title, becoming the first Asian national to win a Grand Slam tournament. To reward her, the Hubei provincial government gave her a prize worth $92,000 and offered her a plum government job, which she declined, saying she wanted to focus on playing tennis.
Now independent, Li must pay up to only 12 percent of her winnings to the government, much less than the 65 percent normally required.



While a small number of athletes have been able to escape the sports system, others not so lucky are voicing dissent as they see professional sports stars gain fame and fortune, prompting a crackdown by government censors.
A day after Li won the French Open, Chen Yibing, the captain of China’s men’s gymnastic team and an Olympic gold medalist, announced on his blog that he was “jealous” of the advantages enjoyed by professional athletes.



“You get to compete for yourself, no need to carry anything on your shoulders,” he wrote. State-supported athletes, he continued, get to compete internationally only in world championships and in the Olympics. “How many ‘four years’ does one athlete have? If we are successful, is it because of the state sport system? If we fail after four years of training, what has happened to our hard work?”



While Li’s title in a major tournament brought her public praise from the Chinese government, her go-it-alone success was also a loss of face for the Communist Party. Only two days after her victory, the Central Propaganda Department issued a news media directive “to stop hyping Li Na’s win.”
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“There is a lot of tension within a family but nobody should ever seek to expose those problems to the outside world,” he said.
Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/sp...anted=all&_r=0
May 20th, 2013 02:10 AM
MashaAzarenka
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Gisela Dulko helping take care of Vika at the US Open was very nice
May 20th, 2013 12:41 AM
RVD
Re: Positive & Random Acts of Kindness ...WTA Style.

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Originally Posted by n1_and_uh_noone View Post
Also at the USO : http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=36532

JELENA JANKOVIC:
And I'm so also a big thanks to Amélie Mauresmo because she how do you say? gave me her physiotherapist. He helped me a lot. Without his help, I think I wouldn't be playing this semifinal. So I'm really thankful to her.
Nice example.

Further proof that these ladies can be both stalwart opponents and be sympathetic to that same opponent.

And "no", such acts are not standard fare in every sport. Not even in tennis.
Though, it's great to witness them occurring as often as they do in and around tennis.


Aside:

THANK YOU TO ALL THE POSTERS HELPING KEEP THIS THREAD ON TRACK!!

And also, thank you for all of the kind 'reps'.
May 20th, 2013 12:37 AM
jameshazza
Re: Positive & Random Acts of Kindness ...WTA Style.

With regard to the Li Zheng donations, when did the Chinese system of taking 65% of the earnings change? Was it before or after Wimbledon?
May 19th, 2013 11:44 PM
n1_and_uh_noone
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Originally Posted by bobito View Post
That is sportsmanship of the very highest order.
Also at the USO : http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=36532

JELENA JANKOVIC:
And I'm so also a big thanks to Amélie Mauresmo because she how do you say? gave me her physiotherapist. He helped me a lot. Without his help, I think I wouldn't be playing this semifinal. So I'm really thankful to her.
May 19th, 2013 11:40 PM
MashaAzarenka
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Vika helping Petkovic off the court in Stuttgart will always stick with me.
May 19th, 2013 11:39 PM
Helen Lawson
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Originally Posted by Sam L View Post
When Gabriela Sabatini voted to proect Monica's No. 1 ranking after the stabbing. She was the only one who voted for it.
I thought she abstained.
May 19th, 2013 08:08 PM
bobito
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Originally Posted by alex.2812 View Post
Mauresmo lending her physio to Jelena just before these two played each other at Beijing in 2006.
That is sportsmanship of the very highest order.
May 19th, 2013 04:25 PM
PoliCappuccino
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Ana was truly concerned here for Caro and her "life-threating injury", which turned out to be nothing serious, she was moving fine afterwards. Ana was so pissed because of Caros drama queen antics, she gave her a cold handshake at the net
1st picture
Ajde: "Will this bitch ever stop crying? I hope she retires soon...I need to fix these split ends."

2nd picure
Ajde: Omg, did she hear me say that? Scandalous!
May 19th, 2013 04:03 PM
PoliCappuccino
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Originally Posted by Spring Pools View Post
Jelena letting everyone beat her even though if she wanted to, she could beat everyone 6-0 6-0 and make the tour boring.
Her majesty likes to treat her peasants well and so gives them fair and equal rations of ranking points and what not.
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