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June 20, 2005


Isn't Wimbledon great?

The quality British newspapers obviously think so. Deprived of the chance to put Jordan/Jodie/Abby or similar glamour model on their front pages (because nothing they do is actually news of course) we must usually look at Tony Blair, Gordon Brown or Prince Charles.

Now Wimbledon is here, it's a chance for a large colour photo of a young blond woman on the cover. Maria Sharapova, last years women's champion, is said woman. The Daily Telegraph managed another photo on Page 5, and a long interview and second large full colour photo in the sports section.

Admittedly she is quite easy on the eye, and though comparisons might be made to Kournakova, the former newspaper's darling won on looks but disappointingly never came close to Sharapova's achievement on court. She is consigned to history, and now we have a new tennis glamour queen. It's also interesting that the top women's player Davenport, and the Williams sisters, didn't even get a look in today, not even one photo in the special Wimbledon supplements. Obviously not quite pretty enough.

I'm not complaining you understand, G8 leaders and Royalty get enough exposure the rest of the year. I'm just amused that both the Times and Telegraph needed to justify their photos with a minor story about a stalker being banned from Wimbledon. I wonder what the justification will be next time.

Posted by se71 at June 20, 2005 09:36 AM

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