"Maria Sharapova retiring from tennis
because of her chronically bad
Just a rumor, says fellow Russian Nadia
Petrova, who quickly added, "I don't
believe it, but that's the rumor."
My follow-up: "Yes, but you're saying
you've heard that rumor, right?"
"Yes," she said.
How good is any rumor? I might have
started one last week by "hunching" that
Nick Bollettieri would retire by the end
of 2009 and the two star-quality coaches
he's hired for part-time gigs -- Brad
Gilbert and Brian Gottfried -- would
move into the big office. Well, that got
shot down fast enough. IMG Academies
this week gave Nick a three-year
extension on his present contract, that
will take him through 2011.
But that was a hunch. This is a rumor.
Is there a difference? There is if it
comes from another women's professional
tennis player and another Russian, on
top of that.
Still, there is Petrova's qualifier: "I
don't believe it, but that's the rumor."
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