Originally Posted by bruce goose
Ummmm....You're missing the point just a bit, Gaston
. It's not that we can't understand why she's getting hyped, it's that it's rather EXCESSIVE for someone who has accomplished VERY little and, like Kournikova, could conceivably NEVER win a single tourney.('per se' should be separated, btw
)You're correct, though, in that she couldn't have reached the top 20 if she didn't have at least SOME potential for greatness.
The PROBLEM is that Allaster disgraces the sport by championing players who don't give a rat's ass--and are piss-poor role models for young girls and the supposed "empowering women" theme--merely because they're eye candy. You'd be pressed to name ANY other sport that does this; if Messi got so out of shape that he kept getting hopelessly exhausted 15 minutes into matches....and he made absolutely NO effort to improve his training....would he keep getting hyped according to his PAST glories, or would his stardom wane due to his embarrassing disinterest?? That's a rhetorical question, so you needn't reply
I can though: Maradonna. He was regularly completely out of shape - pot bellied and everything. Everyone still called him the best player in history because, well, he was. And whenever he was in the mood he got back into shape and was his awesome self again. Other example - Ronaldo (the Brasilian one). Fatter than Kvitova one day, a few months later unstoppable. Or George Best - an alcoholic who was more interested in boinking groupies than training. But again - he was a hero because everyone knew what he could do if he put his mind to it.