Is success getting to Sania Mirza? The recently-annointed adidas global ambassador held a press conference in her home a few days ago to announce skipping all tennis tournaments held in her home country, including next month’s Bangalore Open. This decision was made in light of her recent run-ins with Indian political and religious officials — there was that fatwa on her clothes, a citation for tresspassing into a mosque, and most recently for playing footsies with a flag.
Already the current sage of Indian tennis, Leander Paes, has given his two rupees about the sitch, basically telling Sania to suck it up and understand her place in the bigger picture of the sport. I say let her make this statement. Perhaps a sparser 2008 schedule will help her stay healthy.
>> past tennis scandals