Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sania Mirza in trouble but Dad says mischief at work

Media reports suggest that Sania Mirza is in trouble for shooting an ad on the premises of Hyderabad's famous Mecca Masjid. The Minorities Welfare Department of Andhra Pradesh has apparently lodged a complaint seeking action against the 21-year-old player for entering the mosque without permission.

But father Imran Mirza told the Indian Tennis blog the controversy was the "creation of certain troublemakers in the media".

"The shoot was never done at Mecca Masjid. It was done with the Charminar as the backdrop of the ad," he said.

"The Mecca Masjid is bang opposite the Charminar and some mischievous journalists shot photographs of Sania from the other side to make it seem as though the shooting was inside the mosque."

India's number one tennis player is currently recovering from injury and hasn't played since October. But it seems Sania, who is expected to partner Rohan Bopanna at the Hopman Cup later this month, will now have to battle some aces off the tennis court as well.

"It's unfortunate but this is the price one has to pay for being famous," said Mirza.

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