Thursday, March 23, 2006

French Tennis Hottie Moves to Number One

(Link) Amelie Mauresmo has worked her way up the top rank in the World Tennis Association, and chalks up her success to coming out and finding love. No pun intended.

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
By Katherine Knowles
Pink News UK

French tennis star Amelie Mauresmo was returned to the top of the world Tennis Association Rankings this week. She has been fighting to get back into the top spot since 2004. Now, replacing Belgian play Kim Clijsters as number 1, Ms Mauresmo has high hopes for a Summer of tennis success.

In spite of being knocked out of the Dubai Open by unseeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ms Mauresmo clawed her way to the top with a 300 point lead over her nearest rival.

Ms Mauresmo came out in 1999, after she won the Australian Open. The 19 year old jumped into the arms of her lover, 31 year old night club owner Silvie Bourdon., and attributed her success to coming to terms with her sexuality and finding love.

Since coming out, Ms Mauresmo has had to deal with some criticism. Martina Hingis called her “half man”, and Lindsey Davenport claimed that she played like a man. Ms Mauresmo dismissed these comments at the time as “a little stupid”, and went on to beat both of these players in major competitions. Earlier this year she played 16 matches without being beaten to clock up the points to reach world number one ranking.