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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Why does Sharapova represent Russia when she lives in the United States?

Does anyone know if Maria Sharapova is an American citizen or not or a permanent resident? I ask this question because I think it is bizarre that Sharapova represents Russia yet lives in the United States? Sharapova doesn't even live in Russia and she hardly visits there. Why live in America, get training in America yet play for Russia? It seems hypocritical. On the ATP Tour a Russian born play raised in the States I think his name is Alex something is being sued by the USTA they want their money back. Alex wants to represent Russia in the Olympics and Davis Cup yet he got support from the USTA.
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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 12:47 AM   #2
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She is not the only one, why single her out?
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Re: Why does Sharapova represent Russia when she lives in the United States?

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Does anyone know if Maria Sharapova is an American citizen or not or a permanent resident? I ask this question because I think it is bizarre that Sharapova represents Russia yet lives in the United States? Sharapova doesn't even live in Russia and she hardly visits there. Why live in America, get training in America yet play for Russia? It seems hypocritical. On the ATP Tour a Russian born play raised in the States I think his name is Alex something is being sued by the USTA they want their money back. Alex wants to represent Russia in the Olympics and Davis Cup yet he got support from the USTA.
The difference being that Maria never got support from the USTA, she and Yuri had to pay their own way through the fares for Bollettieri's...
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This is soooo 2004
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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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Re: Why does Sharapova represent Russia when she lives in the United States?

Because Sharapova is the most famous and I think the most hypocritical. Why live in America, benefit from American endorsements, training ect yet represent Russia? Sharapova has the money why doesn't she live in Moscow? She claims to be a proud Russian yet wants American wealth. I think I see why other Russians such as Myskina and Dementieva criticized Sharapova for not being a real Russian. Myskina, Zvonarevia, Safina, and Dementieva still live in Russia and they have property and Russia and I believe Kuznetsova also has property and lives in St. Petersburg. But Sharapova the only thing Russian about her is her last name.
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Does anyone know if Maria Sharapova is an American citizen or not or a permanent resident? I ask this question because I think it is bizarre that Sharapova represents Russia yet lives in the United States? Sharapova doesn't even live in Russia and she hardly visits there. Why live in America, get training in America yet play for Russia? It seems hypocritical. On the ATP Tour a Russian born play raised in the States I think his name is Alex something is being sued by the USTA they want their money back. Alex wants to represent Russia in the Olympics and Davis Cup yet he got support from the USTA.
Maria has never got any support from either USTA or US governments, period.
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Because Sharapova is the most famous and I think the most hypocritical. Why live in America, benefit from American endorsements, training ect yet represent Russia? Sharapova has the money why doesn't she live in Moscow. I think I see why other Russians such as Myskina and Dementieva criticized Sharapova for not being a real Russian. Myskina and Dementieva still have property and Russia and I believe Kuznetsova also has property and lives in St. Petersburg. But Sharapova the only thing Russian about her is her last name.
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why are we singling her out when countless players dont actually live in the country they play for?
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Re: Why does Sharapova represent Russia when she lives in the United States?

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Does anyone know if Maria Sharapova is an American citizen or not or a permanent resident? I ask this question because I think it is bizarre that Sharapova represents Russia yet lives in the United States? Sharapova doesn't even live in Russia and she hardly visits there. Why live in America, get training in America yet play for Russia? It seems hypocritical. On the ATP Tour a Russian born play raised in the States I think his name is Alex something is being sued by the USTA they want their money back. Alex wants to represent Russia in the Olympics and Davis Cup yet he got support from the USTA.
She has stated that she is 100 % Russian,so why bother asking questions like this...Obviously,not everyone who lives in US wants to become an American!

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Really now?
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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #14
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Welcome to 2012 and welcome to the world... you know Pennetta lived in Barcelona and now she resides in Switzerland?
Or Wozniacki and Azarenka and Djokovic officially reside in Montecarlo..

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Wow is this 2004?
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