ANNA KOURNIKOVA'S MYSTERIOUS TAPE COVERED TATTOO
Show us your tatt, Anna
By JOHN THIRSK
ANNA Kournikova is sporting a new tattoo for the Australian summer of tennis.
The 21-year-old Russian tried to cover the tatt up with tape during a practice session before last night's doubles match with American Chanda Rubin.
Kournikova displayed the image as she leant forward to hit shots during the warm-up session earlier in the day.
Photographers snapped the Russian with her new look, which appears in the small of her back. Insiders said the tattoo was a sun design.
A Women's Tennis Association spokesman said yesterday there was no stand-fast rules on the circuit preventing their players displaying tattoos.
"It's the players' choice and part of society," the spokesman said.
Lindsay Davenport, who won the 1996 Olympic Games gold medal at Barcelona, sports the five Olympic rings as a tattoo. Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo features an angel on her arm.
Kournikova kept the tattoo under wraps when she played her doubles match last night with Rubin against Davenport and Lisa Raymond.
The pair beat the Americans 6-4 4-6 6-3.
There was a more demure ensemble worn by Kournikova for her evening match.
Cheers resounded round the Sydney International Tennis Centre as Kournikova was introduced.