This photo was twitpic-ed by Noradzliyana, who asked me if the Showdown of Champions 2009 launch was confirmed this morning.
Anna Kournikova was super late for the launch. She was scheduled to launch the exho event together with the Tourism Minister Dato' Dr. Ng Yen Yen at 10.15AM but only to arrive at 2.30PM.
I guess the Tourism Minister didn't wait for her.
So when Kournikova arrived, she had coffee (or maybe tea) with the officials, gimmick launch without the Tourism Minister and then photo shooting.
Kournikova was supposed to meet the junior players at 3.00PM at National Tennis Centre at Jalan Duta. So I guess the boys and girls had to wait a bit.
Now coming back to Kournikova's picture above... guess what's missing?
Of course the FANS!!! (Check out the tourist in the background.. he rather snap a picture of the building than Kournikova!)
Nobody' f**king knew Kournikova was in Kuala Lumpur because the organisers decided to make it a national top secret.
They should learn from Malaysian GP's organiser.
Be more transparent and announce to the fans so that more people will have the chance to meet tennis celebrities like Kournikova.
Either you keep the tennis celebrities to yourself or boost ticket sales by getting more people involved.
Now here's a better view of Kournikova by Glenn Guan/The Star.
For more info regarding Showdown of Champions 2009, which will be featuring Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko, Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie, in December, go to www.showdownkl.com.