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  • Sharapova effing with wta official(s).

    There are certainly more earthshaking issues. And it is easy to make the case that this spoiled brat should just stfu, and go count her 20 million in annual commercial endorsements and tournament winnings.

    On the other hand, even though she just turned 21, she is in a position to challenge practices which she perceives as abusive---and because of her commercial value to the existence of the wta, they had damned well better listen.

    I do not know if other players will feel any thankfulness toward her. Two separate statements---doing something very unusual for a 21 year old athlete. The second one invites people to participate in a poll. The thing where the wta guy requires them to lie about being injured makes me think she might be making a worthy protest. The other--well--I know how annoying it is to have people demand to take your picture just because you look great, but I usually just go ahead and pay the fines.

    5/1/2008 7:41:00 PM

    As many of you know, the WTA tour makes many players enter tournaments that they know the players will not be playing. I informed the WTA several months ago that if I played Charleston, I would have to pull out of Berlin. Now they are forcing me to give an injury for the reason why I am pulling out or they will give me an additional fine on top of the 125,000 fine already given to me. I am a very giving person, but I refuse to give anymore of my money to the WTA tour. So I want everyone to know that besides getting sick the past few days, I am healthy and I am looking forward to playing Rome. The good news is that the new road map for next year should solve all these problems.

    2. I want all my fans to know that the WTA Tour is forcing me and several of the other top players to do a 4 hour commercial shoot for WTA Tour marketing materials. They want me to do this shoot on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of the Rome tournament after flying 12 hours from LA. I have set my own personal rules when it comes to doing shoots and I never do shoots before tournaments because they are mentally draining and I want to just focus on my tennis. Now the WTA is telling me if I don't do this shoot they will fine me over $300,000. As you can see the WTA Tour loves to fine players. To be honest, I would love to do this and help promote the tour as much as possible, but to force me to do this shoot the day before a tier 1 tournament is just not right. I am interested in what my fans think I should do?

    1) Should I just do the shoot?

    2) Should I NOT do the shoot and take the fine?

    3) Should I NOT do the shoot and take legal action against the WTA?

    4) Should I contact the other top players and try to boycott the shoot?

    5) Other

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    They need two other options:

    6) Should I pull my underpants down and fondle myself?

    7) La Russa