Sharapova not allowed to carry flag for Olympics

Officials have rejected Maria Sharapova’s request to carry the Russian flag at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

“She wanted to be a flag-bearer (on August 8) but I advised against it,” Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev told reporters on Wednesday.

“I don’t want her to spend three or four hours in hot weather waiting to march in the opening ceremony. We want her to be fresh, not tired, during her matches.” MSNBC

But all that rest before Wimbledon didn’t do her any good…

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