Tag:Anna Chakvetadze
Posted on: March 27, 2008 8:23 pm

From Regular Girls to Coco Channel

“Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.” William Shakespeare

“I am just a regular girl. I do what regular girls do.” A tennis player. All tennis players.

You can’t go wrong, they all are “regular girls,” when they’re not playing tennis that is. They never forget that part. Off the court, they are just like any other girl. Or so they think. They repeat it often, as though they’d been trained to. Maybe it’s compulsory when you join the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

That could be their next slogan. “We’re just regular girls.” Only, we play tennis better than you, we make loads of money doing it and we stay in nice hotels because we’re constently on the road, living off suitcases. But we swear, “we’re regular girls.”

Yet, for some reasons, I don’t believe they show a remarkable grasp of the real world, or the regular girl’s world, should I say instead. They do live in the real world. They are elite athletes whose lives are dedicated to be better than their "friends," but that is still the real world.

It is true though that I am not exactly familiar with what being a regular girl means. But I believe that I can safely say that not many of them do buy a house in Belgrade Serbia, another one near Miami, Florida and a third one in San Diego, California, because, and I quote, “you understand I need a place to put all those Gucci shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags that I buy.”

That was “regular girl” No. 1, Jelena Jankovic. She is charming, her smile is contagious. But her idea of shopping may be a little different that from most 20 year olds. She admits it though: “I have to swipe my card, I am like a regular girl.”

“I wish I didn’t have to get up every morning and go practice. I’d like to take my time, you know, like a regular girl. That’s what I do when I go home.” That’s “regular girl” No. 2, Anna Chakvetadze. Moscow, Russia is home to her.

Note to Anna: Unless you’re unemployed, you don’t take your time in the morning. She also admits that, “I don’t think about money.” She made nearly $1.5 million on the court last year. Isn’t she your kind of “regular girl?”

Aside from being “regular girls” off the court, most of those young women aspire to become the new Coco Channel.

Jankovic has already launched her own line of clothing back home in Serbia. It’s called JJ. How inspired!

Venus Williams is already donning her own creation on the court. It’s called Eleven. “One better than ten” she like to add. That’s brilliant marketing, isn’t it?

Maria Sharapova is also talking about it. She is "fascinated" by Asian fashion.

However and that is the fascinating part to me, I have watched three matches today where both girls were wearing the exact same outfit.

And, that is what regular girls do, they dress alike.

Side note: my “Grand Slam of the Americas” idea is catching up. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, on the main stadium and James Blake, on the Grandstand are scheduled to play Friday afternoon. While Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, is set to anchor the night session against Fernando Gonzalez, of Chile. The Americas, I told you so.

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