"Gossip. Everyone loves it, and the tennis world is no different. The corridors of Melbourne Park, and all other tournaments, are full of people telling each other the latest rumours, especially when we haven’t seen each other for a long time. Who is dating who, who said nasty things about who, whose muscles just doubled in size…"
"For the best gossip, the player lounge/restaurant is the place to be. The majority of it is probably untrue, and the funny thing is that the media seem to be pretty much in the dark – they only find out the stories a couple of months later."
Damn! Ana makes the tennis tour sound like so much fun. We'd love to know which player's muscles just doubled in size, also. Do tell...
"I do like the occasional bit of gossip myself, so I would be a hypocrite if I complained when the stories are about me. I try to have a sense of humour about it. I guess I am still young, and it’s all very new to me. It’s hard to describe how it feels when you read a story about yourself and a player that you barely know, that claims that you are dating. You just have to laugh about it and not take it too seriously."
"The biggest gossips are the coaches and agents. The players themselves don’t gossip half as much as them, at least not in my experience. It’s no secret that the tennis world isn’t the friendliest of places, with a lot of rivalry, but the atmosphere in the women’s locker room is actually quite pleasant. Of course, there are some players who keep their heads down, avoid eye contact with anyone and never say “hello”, but there will always be someone in there you can have a chat with."
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that players' lounge.
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