Only a fortnight ago at the 59th bithday of JSD Partizan a happy-looking Ana Ivanovic received an award for sportsperson of the year of her club (According to a poster on B92.net.)
Today's internet edition of Vecernje Novosti shed some light on the speculation regarding who she wants to represent. Here's the translation.
Lies And Jeaolousy
A. PALIĆ 21.10.2004, 18:02:19
Ana did not request Swiss travel documents! After only one round of Europe's biggest indoor event, the Zurich media aswell as the media in our country ran the news story that our talented tennis player (who soon turns 17) wishes to play under the Swiss flag. Apparently Ana made these statements at the press conference after her 2-1 victory against Golovin.
- It's simply false. We neither requested nor were offererd Swiss travel documents - was Misha Ivanovic (her dad's) categorical reply - Ana answered dozens of questions at the press conference and the only thing she said was that she always likes coming to Switzerland and enjoys it whenever she visists Zurich. It's likely that it was this statement that was accidentally (or purposely) distorted by someone.
The father of Serbia-Montenegro's great hope in the "white sport" remarks that his phone went red hot after the news from Zurich filtered through. Everyone called, from friends to the head of Serbia-Montenegro's Tennis Federation who for the first time voiced their concern for the extra-talented tennis player.
- Some of the players, I don't know for what reason, probably jealousy, invented the story that Ana has a Swiss passport for 6 months now and lies that are being circulated through the tennis comminity. - Ana's dad explains.
Since her current coach is the head of the Swiss Fed Cup team coupled with the fact that Ana has strong sponsorship links with that country people concluded that she was on the verge of a move. Still, the biggest indicator that she didn't change who she wants to represent was her famous "quote" that she lives in Bulgaria !
- That's just funny. Ana has been to Bulgaria only once, to play a tournament. - answers a smiling Misa Ivanovic.