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Phil Knight and Tag Heuer have already voted and playing the ‘Blonde Card’ didn’t work.
Tennis is filthy…my wife and I have fun charting the size of Nadal’s head every year as he battles through those ‘nagging’ injuries.
The only question is how far Tennis is prepared to go to take down their crown princes and princesses…probably nowhere because far too many people make their living off a small handful of players.
Well, I happen to think she deserves at least a little credit for not blaming the FedEx guy or refusing to answer questions because she didn’t come there to talk about the past or apologize to everyone without actually admitting to anything, etc. Plus she’s a babe — they can’t take that away from her! Oh, and I’m already sick of Jennifer Capriati bellowing up on her soap box. Here’s hoping she shuts her pie hole sooner rather than later.
So nice to see a tennis article in this era of so few American stars. I love Maria and am very much emotionally involved with her 😉 But there is a difference between rooting for someone and placing them on a pedestal. It doesn’t shock me when players display their human frailties for all to see. It may be disappointing but I can’t see getting much joy out of sport without being emotionally involved. Disillusioned isn’t a possible state for me anymore when it comes to athletes.
I think this, along with the match fixing scandal recently reported, is just the tip of the ice berg unfortunately. Tennis has gotten a pass on this stuff for a very long time. But I think we’ll see more of this. Rafa is a great example as Stan says. Isn’t it amazing how he always manages to get healthy in time for the French Open, his best major? But then his body pretty much breaks down for most of the rest of the year? That’s been an obvious example for quite a while. Look at Djokovik’s body and recent results. He’s completely transformed himself from what he was 4/5 years ago. Very suspicious in this PED world.
As far as “taking full responsibility” goes, that drives me up the wall unless there are some real consequences. And for Maria, there are very real consequences. Her multi million dollar mega deals with Nike and Porsche have been suspended. That is no small consequence. So I don’t find her words to be hollow in this case. But yeah, she cheated, and got caught. Good job tennis.
She is beautiful. That is why she will get a pass. This is America people. The place where O.J. is Innocent and we need Sean Penn to help get Capo.
Her screaming should of been banned 10 years ago. She knew what she was doing or her advisers knew.
The creator of the drug said it was in no way an performance booster. I think you are being a td too hard here Lowell…
If you haven’t read the Agassi book “Open” it is an excellent read. It truly gives insight into not only his life and roller coaster he lived on, but a good look into the world of high end tennis. What the top players put themselves through in order to play and compete at the level they do.
As far as her getting caught it does not surprise me in the least. I go back to statements I have made time and time again. Unless sporting governing bodies are willing to allow nothing but water and basic nutritional items, i.e. foods (no electrolytes, Gatorade or any supplements) then it is simply way too difficult to say what is “clean” and what isn’t. This is entertainment we pay for and go to see. So ban it all or don’t. But let’s not fool ourselves about what it is we are seeing.
Another athlete using PED’s. Oh the horror of it all.
I hear there is an excellent Russian translation of “Finnegans Wake.”
Lowell, Lowell, Lowell. Your favorite sport is football.
There is no dirtier sport than football , when it comes
to PED use.
Who cares really. All the purists in all of these
sports are simply hypocrites. Athletes are all
different and they will do what they can to
stay on top of their game – to compete.
You ,as a huge fan of football , are complicit
in this as well. They really should ban football
All together, it’s been filled with abuse of drugs
for half a century.
I’m guessing her reading material is more along the lines of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. At least that’s what she takes us for, Streetglide’s naive take notwithstanding.
Steve, nice literary reference. made my day
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.