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Old Aug 26th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #4966
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Reading Tignor's articles left bitter-sweet taste in my mouth. I didn't know what he thought / felt about MS before (haven't been really paying attention to his blog too often) and I wasn't browsing for any tennis related articles until 2008. To me it is normal for someone not to like a certain player, but to be against him/her as a journalist because he/she shrieks... Don't know what to think... But I have matured enough over the years, I did realize that in most cases tennis journalists are not strictly objective and that they more often than not express their opinion, point of view, likes and dislikes... And one is left to agree with what is written or disagree.
I had no idea that people accused Maria of being "fake" after she fell on the knees after winning Roland Garros... I seriously do not see why would they accuse her of such action, because every emotion shown in that tournament was more than genuine... And I agree with Rob, with the things he wrote in part 2 of the column... Is it double-standards because she is a woman?? Because, let's be honest, athelets celebrate their victories in their way... Roger has had more or less simmilar celebration over the years, also Rafa, Novak with his roaring, Tsonga's match celebrations, Kim's GS clebrations, Vika's falling on the knees, Ana's...
Was really Maria accussed/seen as fake?? And... if she was, then I must emphasize how much more I put my hats off to her, because she subtly made fun of those accussations in the Fallon show, when she said: "I was looking at the pictures and it is always the same, I was like - is this posing??" One can understand it like - oh, Maria is joking of herself, but it can be also understood in the different way - Maria is ridiculing the reactions of those who saw her as fake... And if you look back, she has done quite a few times the same -- one might see as her making fun of herself, when in fact she is a bit cynical... I do think that Maria has some dose of sarcasm and cynism in her... Hence the roll of the eyes in pressers...

Every "celeb" has their cross to bear. Just as much as Maria's celebration could be conceived as ingenuine, have Federer, Rafa, Tsonga, Vika, Ana and even Kim's authenticity been questioned. It's nothing new.
Roger = Arrogant
Rafa = Fake humbleness
Tsonga = Ali wannabe
Kim & Ana = Fake Mrs Nice-gal
Vika = Bitch at heart
Maria = Calculating media pro

If you're a fan of either, you will naturally focus more on the criticism your favorite receives and less on the criticism players receive you care less about.
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Yeah, you are actually right!!! I agree with all that.. And have fought this war with windmills defending the above mentioned, aswell.
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Dealmaker for the Shotmakers

By PETER LATTMAN

Published: August 26, 2012


When Maria Sharapova decided that she wanted to stay at a new hotel for this year’s United States Open, her agent, Max Eisenbud, embarked on a reconnaissance mission. He met with management and interviewed security officials. He toured suites and tested room service. He took a taxi from the lobby entrance to the Midtown Tunnel, mapping out the fastest route to the tennis center in Queens.

“I used to delegate this sort of thing, but it always got screwed up,” Eisenbud said. “Maybe it’s grunt work, but where Maria stays is important. She’s coming here for three weeks to try and win a Grand Slam.”

When it comes to his prized client, no task is too menial for Eisenbud, who has represented Sharapova since she was 12. Today, at 25, she is the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning about $28 million over the past year, according to Forbes magazine. Another Eisenbud client, the breakout Chinese star Li Na, ranks No. 2 on the Forbes list, having earned about $18 million.

“You could fairly say that Max and Maria have the most successful agent-player relationship in the history of the game,” said Andrew Walker, the chief marketing officer for the WTA. “And it’s been amazing to watch him replicate that success with Li Na.”

Eisenbud, a genial 40-year-old former college tennis player, prefers to stay behind the scenes. He agreed to be interviewed for this article only because he wanted to draw attention to Sharapova’s new business venture, a candy company named Sugarpova. Eisenbud serves as its chief executive.

“He gave himself that title,” teased Sharapova, who was seated next to Eisenbud backstage at “CBS This Morning” last week. She was appearing on the show to promote the colorful line of lip-shaped gummies and tennis-ball-shaped gum.

“But I’m the only C.E.O. in America not getting paid,” Eisenbud volleyed back.

While drawing no salary from the confectionary start-up, Eisenbud and his employer, the Cleveland-based sports and entertainment giant IMG, have earned millions of dollars meticulously managing Sharapova’s career.

Spend time with Eisenbud and Sharapova, and it is apparent their relationship runs deeper than a business partnership. Their dynamic most resembles that of an affable uncle and a spunky niece. She relentlessly needles him about his receding hairline and expanding waist. He urges her to turn in early that night and skip dinner at a swanky restaurant. (She didn’t.)

Asked how they have stayed together so long in a sport where agent-player alliances are fickle, Sharapova said, “We don’t see each other that often.”

Eisenbud agreed, saying: “I’m better in small doses. My wife feels the same way.”

But get past the shtick, and they display a genuine affection for each other.

“Max is half family, half agent,” Sharapova said. “He has been with me and believed in me from the beginning. I can be guarded around new people, but with Max, because of our history, there is a special level of trust.”

Around the Eisenbud home in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Danielle, and two young sons, Sharapova is known as Aunt Maria.

“Everything I have I owe to her, from the house I live in to the toys I buy my kids,” Eisenbud said.

Growing up in Short Hills, N.J., Eisenbud dreamed of competing at the United States Open. A top-ranked junior, Eisenbud won a full tennis scholarship to Purdue, where he played four years on a middling team.

He also spent four years as social chairman of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, becoming a minor campus celebrity for hosting blowout parties and promoting concerts. After college, he spent several years managing Push Down and Turn, an Indiana band he thought could be the next Rolling Stones. It was not even the next Gin Blossoms.

Approaching 30 and starting to worry about his future, Eisenbud received a call from Justin Gimelstob, a childhood friend who was then a rising star on the men’s tour. Gimelstob needed help organizing a charity tennis event featuring John McEnroe at their hometown club. Eisenbud handled the assignment with aplomb, leading Gimelstob, an IMG client, to suggest that he become a tennis agent. He had never considered the career because he mistakenly thought agents had to be lawyers.

“Law school wasn’t an option for me,” Eisenbud said. “I could barely get through Purdue.”

In 1999, IMG offered Eisenbud a job paying $27,500 a year. They sent him to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., an IMG-owned training center for young talent. In a newly created post, he served as a buffer between the junior players and their agents, who were based in Cleveland and busy managing the likes of Pete Sampras and Monica Seles. Eisenbud did everything, including overseeing the youngsters’ racket sponsorships and coddling their overbearing parents.

On his first day in Florida, he was handed a list of the players and their practice times. As Eisenbud roamed the courts, he was stopped in his tracks by a tall, lithe 12-year-old smacking ground strokes with a supernatural intensity.

“You ever see the videos of Tiger Woods hitting the golf ball when he was 6?” Eisenbud said. “It was like that.”

Eisenbud had a hunch that the 12-year-old, Sharapova, who had come from Russia four years earlier, would be his meal ticket. He ingratiated himself to her and her parents, helping them settle sticky visa issues and deal with the Russian tennis federation. Sharapova’s father asked that Maria work with Eisenbud full time, and within 18 months, he had moved to Cleveland and was representing her exclusively.

Though Sharapova started turning heads at 13 with strong performances on the international junior circuit, Eisenbud resisted smaller sponsorship deals. Instead, confident of bigger offers to come, he primed the IMG sales force — a group that works with the corporate clients — by sending continual updates on her progress.

“Don’t sell her, just keep an eye on her,” Eisenbud instructed.

In 2004, when Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17, companies were tripping over one another to sign her.

“That’s when I saw the amazing machine that Mark McCormack built swing into action,” said Eisenbud, referring to the pioneering sports lawyer who started IMG. “Suddenly I went from being an idiot to the smartest agent in the world.”

By the end of 2005, Sharapova had signed seven-figure contracts with Motorola, Canon, TAG Heuer, Colgate and Land Rover. An eight-year deal with Nike signed in 2010 could exceed $70 million, a figure that includes royalties from her best-selling Maria Sharapova signature ballet flat from the Nike-owned Cole Haan. Forbes has named her the world’s top-earning female athlete eight years running. Harvard Business School teaches a case study on the success of her brand.

Right behind Sharapova in earnings is Li, the No. 1-ranked woman in China. IMG had long yearned to sign Chinese players, given the opportunity for Western companies to reach the country’s growing middle class. The Chinese government had prohibited its athletes from working with agents but loosened its reins after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

When Eisenbud signed Li in 2009, she was ranked in the top 25. Sponsorship opportunities abounded, including several fast-growing Chinese apparel companies that wanted to outfit her. Sensing an opportunity, Eisenbud struck a hard bargain with Nike. He negotiated a deal that allowed Li to wear patches with other corporate logos on her clothes. Every other Nike tennis player — Roger Federer and Sharapova included — is barred from doing so.

Last year, Li won the French Open, the first Asian-born player, man or woman, to win a Grand Slam singles title. Just as he did after Sharapova’s Wimbledon victory, Eisenbud seized the moment. Within weeks, he struck seven large corporate deals worth about $48 million over three years. Mercedes-Benz and Taikang Life Insurance are each paying Li $2.5 million a year to advertise on her sleeves.

“One of the toughest decisions an agent has to make is when to cash in,” said Darren Rovell, ESPN’s sports business reporter, “and Max’s timing on both Sharapova and Li Na has been exactly right.”

Eisenbud dismisses the notion that he is some kind of commercial killer whose masterly negotiating secures more money for his clients than they ever dreamed possible. He likes to compare himself to Phil Jackson, the coach who won N.B.A. titles with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on his teams.

“Phil Jackson is a good coach, and I’m a good agent, but I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if my clients weren’t Maria Sharapova and Li Na,” Eisenbud said. “My main job is to not screw this up.”
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An Interview With: MARIA SHARAPOVA

Monday, August 27, 2012

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How pleased are you with the result out there today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was just happy to be back playing a competitive match. It's been a few weeks. It was a nice break in a way, but after so many weeks of practicing, you're just eager to get back on the court.
The tournament almost seems a little bit easier because the practice is a little bit shorter getting ready to play matches. It's so much better than having practice weeks, to be honest.
But I was happy with the way I came out. Never played my opponent before. A lefty. Conditions weren't exactly perfect. Overall I played steady, but there's room for improvement, that's for sure.

Q. What were the last few weeks like for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I went to Montréal and I was supposed to practice there, supposed to play the next day, but I woke up and I had a stomach bug for a few days and wasn't feeling really good.
Yeah, I had some tests done, some blood work, some ultrasound stuff. They said I should just probably rest. I just went home and took Cincinnati off as well. I think it was just a sign that I needed a few weeks off.

Q. Feel better?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah. I'm fine.

Q. Why all those tests for just a stomach bug? Did you think it was bigger?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Why?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just because of the pain I was having. It was really weird. They told me I was fine, not pregnant. I'm like, Can I get my money back (laughter)?

Q. So the night before the Olympic final, how bad was the pain?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was okay (smiling).

Q. That didn't pass the smell test. What was it like? Was it a serious pain? Did it impact your play?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was worse when I got to Montréal. At the end of the day, I think it was some stomach bug. But I thought it was getting better. Then I started eating like the normal Maria and it wasn't better.

Q. After all the development, the planning, the trips to Spain, it's finally going to come out, if I understand correctly, but there's a little bit of a problem. There's a guy named Roger Federer who has Lindor truffles. As a marketing person now, how would you tell America to try Sugarpova and not Roger's?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well that's chocolate. Mine are gummies and gumballs. It's like, What's your preference? That's made in Switzerland; this is made in Spain. No, a lot of differences.
I mean, those are quite different. I'm just happy that it's finally over with. I worked on it for a long time. There's not much to be done from my end in a way except promote it and letting the world know about it.

Q. Ultimately can a gumball stand up to a truffle?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It depends what your preference is. I mean, mid afternoon I'm not a big truffle person; I'm more of a gum girl. But it depends what everybody likes.

Q. It sounds like you were hurting at the Olympics. When you get into a thing where you lose like that, is it one of those things that you just hit the delete button the second you walk off the court or is it something that sticks with you until you get back on the court again?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it doesn't stick with you. I mean, personally I've been part of many different types of matches in my career. Looking back at that week, it was really special. It was so hectic. It was the busiest week out of the year for me in terms of playing back to back, the emotions of the opening ceremony, putting everything together, going out and trying to compete.
It was an incredible experience. Although I would have loved to have been the champion there, for me to be a first time Olympian, to leave with a silver medal, carry the flag for my country of course I would have loved to win gold but those things happen. You move on and go to the next tournament.

Q. Were you actually able to get to sleep at night after you carried the flag?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't know about anybody else, but after a two kilometer walk to the stadium and back, I had no problems sleeping.

Q. That must have been an incredible experience for you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was.

Q. What went through your mind as you were carrying the flag around the track?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I actually had hoped it was a little bit more windy so it would've kind of blown on its own. I was walking and it really wasn't, so I felt like I had to actually hold it, make sure it was waving around and wasn't getting caught on the pole.
But it wasn't as heavy as I expected and the walk was a lot faster than I had thought it would be. But it was a great experience. I went to the Village like four hours before just to walk around. I've never been part of that. So I really wanted to get to see everything, take pictures.
I spent like a few hours in the dormitories, and then we were getting ready in advance and then walking. It was like a whole half day, maybe seven, eight hours.
But I look back and it's like, Where did the time go? It was so quick.

Q. Since the comeback you've reached the final of the other three slams but not here. What would it mean to make a run into the second week?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Exactly. I haven't been far here, past the first week, in a long time. I would love to get that back. You know, I haven't played at a level that I wanted to play here. There shouldn't be any reason why I can't, having the success that I had for a few years, winning it in '06. That's certainly something that I'm looking to get back.

Q. Obviously the tests went well in Montréal. It turned out it was a stomach bug of some sort. What was going through your mind when you were feeling pain like that? Must have been pretty serious to need all that, or at least felt like it was.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think we should make this much more dramatic than it was. I mean, at the time I was being drama, but I'm fine. I was fine.

Q. In your years here you worked with a lot of individuals. How would you compare the culture of sports in America, training, and in Russia?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just the training in general?

Q. Well, just the culture of sports. Here it's so dynamic, so individualistic. There's an economic engine to it. Can you compare the cultures?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, obviously a lot has changed since I was starting to play tennis there. I mean, tennis has grown a lot, and other sports have. Economically there's a lot more support.
But in terms of athletes, how they're brought up, I mean, I think there's certainly much less choices in Russia. I think there are a lot more opportunities in this country, which makes it incredible on one side.
But then once you get to a point where you have to decide. Kind of the people around you because you're at a young age and you can't make those big decisions, but you really have to decide what you're going to dedicate your life to, whether it's sport, whether it's something else, and whether it's something that the kid actually loves doing or whether it's something that the parents love taking the kids to do.
I think it's great that it makes for a social and healthy lifestyle having a kid playing soccer, baseball, football. I have a family friend, and I can't keep up with their schedule. The kid is all over the place. She's driving here and there. It's insanity. But you get to a certain point where you really have to commit to that one sport if you're really serious about it.
In Russia, I don't think financially we have those opportunities to have so many options. But also the parents were working 24/7. I don't think we could afford a nanny to drive them back and forth. It was really committing themselves to that one particular sport or area.
It doesn't have to be a sport. It can be an educational part. But I think they focused extra on that.

Q. If you become a mom, would you bring your kid to an academy? Do you like the academy environment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's a tough question. Obviously if my kid wants to play sport and I feel like that would be beneficial to the kid, then yes. But I hope not (laughter).

Q. To keep playing tennis day after day, it's something that helps you not to think too much about your upcoming marriage or not? Normally for a woman it's a big moment. You don't have almost the time to think about what's going on.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I don't, because I don't have a wedding coming up in November. That's not true.

Q. It's not?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I'm definitely not getting married in Istanbul in November.

Q. Not in this year anyway?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no, no (laughter). I'm so surprised everyone believed that.
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Sharapova finding her form in New YorkBy Matt Cronin
Monday, August 27, 2012
Maria Sharapova has been coming to New York since she was a young teenager first contesting the juniors and then later worked her way up ladder as a pro, eventually winning the US Open title in 2006.

But in her sole junior appearance in 2001 as a 14-year-old , she didn't last more than few days, falling to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi (who currently holds a WTA ranking of No. 15) in the second round.

She was a wafer thin girl back then, still loud and talented, but extremely raw. She had only been living in the United States for six years then, so the towering metropolis that surrounded her when she rode the bus out to Queens was a little intimidating.

“When I came to New York I always thought this would be the toughest to win,” she said. “Its energy is amazing, but in the beginning it's certainly overwhelming. But my experience has helped me a lot, because from feeling like I was very small in a very huge city with so much energy, I really embraced it over the years. I came into New York and I absolutely love it with all its craziness and the fans and the late night matches. You get used to it.”

On Arthur Ashe stadium during the opening round Sharapova took down Melina Czink 6-2, 6-2. It was the 25-year-old’s 25th victory at the tournament where she has had remarkable success, like when she bested No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo and No. 1 Justine Henin for the 2006 title. She has experienced serious heartache here, like in 2005 when she lost an extremely close three setter to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in the semis, which brought her to tears.

She was shocked by a teenage Agnieszka Radwanska in gale force winds in 2007 and then the next year, unhappily dragged herself to New York to meet some commercial obligations even though she had been forced to pull out of the tournament due to a severe should injury, for which she would undergo surgery for a month later.

Her US Open return in 2009 wasn't satisfying when US teenager Melanie Oudin took her down in the third round. She sprayed errors all over the court in a defeat to Caroline Wozniacki in 2010 and the Flavia Pennetta ran her into the ground in three sets in 2011.

She has managed to reach the final of every other Grand Slam since her shoulder surgery and even won Roland Garros three months ago. The No. 3 seed in New York, she is certainly due to reach the second week again.

“I haven't been far here, past the first week, in a long time,” she said. “I would love to get that back. I haven't played at a level that I wanted to play here. There shouldn't be any reason why I can't, having the success that I had for a few years, winning it in '06. That's certainly something that I'm looking to get back.”

But until Monday, she had not played a match since the Olympics as she caught a stomach virus in London just prior to her quick loss to Serena Williams in the gold medal match of the Games.

She was pleased to have won the silver medal, but anyone who knows Sharapova realizes that even if she doesn’t take defeats as hard as she used to, she could not have been pleased with 6-0, 6-1 loss to Serena.

But she had gone to Europe to begin the clay courts season earlier than she ever had - at the start of April - and contested six big events, winning three of them. She needed to put her head on a pillow and isn’t concerned that she has been without matches for a few weeks.

She was being, as she said, “dramatic” when after being hit with the stomach bug, she went to get a blood test and an untrasound.

“[I went to get the tests [just because of the pain I was having. It was really weird. They told me I was fine, not pregnant. I'm like, Can I get my money back?’”

This season, Sharapova has been able to find her way past almost every elite player even if she had taken bad loses to them before, such as when she [slightly] avenged her Australian Open defeat to Victoria Azarenka by besting the No. 1 in Stuttgart.

But there is one player whom she has not been able to figure out since 2004: Serena Williams, who numbs her with her serve and makes her nervous from inside the baseline. Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medalist Serena is many analysts’ overwhelming favorite to win the US Open. Sharapova knows that Serena is at the top of the prediction charts, but has been around long enough to know that tides can turn quickly.
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“Obviously of course she's the favorite because she won those two big events back-to-back,” Sharapova said. “But everybody is still in the draw here. It starts from the first round on, and that's why everybody is here.”

When she defeated Sara Errani to win Roland Garros, Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam (winning all four majors). It was extraordinary feat for a player once considered too clumsy to be able to win on clay, but Sharapova says that she is not prepared to rest on her laurels the rest of the year. She knows the importance of the US Open, and does not want to be seen as a player who has begin to consistently underperform in the biggest tournament in a country where she makes her home.

“This is the last big one,” she said. “This is kind of where you have to put all your energy. Even though it's not the last tournament of the year, you feel like this is where you can put all the work and effort into this one big event. I mean, it's very meaningful. It's big. It's New York City. There's no reason why I shouldn't perform my best here.”
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http://tennisvista.com/2012/08/20/su...a-in-new-york/
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Old Aug 29th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #4974
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The speculations have reached the bloggers http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2012...ovas-marriage/

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She then revealed that the brand new Audi, given to her by Russian President Vladimir Putin for being an Olympic medalist, had been gifted to her father, Yuri.

"My dad stole it," joked Sharapova. "I got the medal, he's got the car. It's too tough to ship it from Russia. The medal is easier to transfer."
Masha's dad is in Russia?
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The speculations have reached the bloggers http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2012...ovas-marriage/

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Masha's dad is in Russia?
I saw the interview and she meant that her dad can deal with shipping it over to the US.

BTW, thanks for posting all these articles Maja!

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LMAO the comment under the blog article.

"Maria is a cold woman, her ex-boyfriend Adam Levine said that on an interview. Whatever, how hot is Adam Levine!!!!! I love him jajajaja"
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great info on masha.. thanks

love how 2012 seems to bring back the old maria.. it almost make me wish maria dont rush her wedding and keep getting better for 2013 and more.. but whatever path in life she choose , i will be happy as long as she is happy =]
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great info on masha.. thanks

love how 2012 seems to bring back the old maria.. it almost make me wish maria dont rush her wedding and keep getting better for 2013 and more.. but whatever path in life she choose , i will be happy as long as she is happy =]
I think her and Sasha have broken up or are on the rocks. Even if they're still on, Maria has said she's not getting married until she retires.
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"Maria is a cold woman, her ex-boyfriend Adam Levine said that on an interview. Whatever, how hot is Adam Levine!!!!! I love him jajajaja"
I know you know, but for some who don't - Maria never dated Adam Levine. The story was made up in, yes, again, a Russian tabloid in which (after he sang in one birthday party of hers? or something else, dunno, some party) they made up that they had an affair and that Adam supposedly said that she was - um, quiet in bed...
You see, papers (tabloids) invent a loooot of things, including the wedding on November 10th... And in 2005 when she was in Moscow they made up that she was flirting with the singer of the group UmaTurman - Vladimir Kristovsky.. ZzzzZZZzzz
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I know you know, but for some who don't - Maria never dated Adam Levine. The story was made up in, yes, again, a Russian tabloid in which (after he sang in one birthday party of hers? or something else, dunno, some party) they made up that they had an affair and that Adam supposedly said that she was - um, quiet in bed...
You see, papers (tabloids) invent a loooot of things, including the wedding on November 10th... And in 2005 when she was in Moscow they made up that she was flirting with the singer of the group UmaTurman - Vladimir Kristovsky.. ZzzzZZZzzz
The worst part is that people actually believe the stories.

I guess in the beginning it was understandable to believe the wedding rumor, but people still believed it even after Maria denied it herself.
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Did anybody see her second-round U.S. Open interview? At the end of it some guy, tried to ask her how much her fiancee helps her prepare for matches (or the question was something like that) and Maria wouldn't answer and walked out. The question was asked after her interview was over, so she didn't have to answer, but I still thought it was interesting she doesn't seem to want to talk about him. Also, I was suprised the reporters didn't grill her when she made the comment "Of course, I've lived in this country since I was seven years old. I consider this to be my home." I guess bozo Bodo wasn't there or he certainly would have said something.
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