I believe, at the end of the day, personally, my life is not about a banana.
So said Maria Sharapova, after she won the 2006 U.S. Open and had to contend with questions from the sports media about whether she had received illegal coaching from her father/coach, Yuri Sharapov, who signaled her to eat a banana during her final match against Justine Henin.
"I'm sitting here as a U.S. Open champion, and the last thing I think people need to worry about is a banana," Sharapova responded to reporters.
We may have thought we had heard the last about illegal bananas, but now it is Jelena Jankovic with a banana problem. Like she needed another problem. When Jankovic emerged from her flight to Melbourne and police dogs took a sniff of her bags, the police immediately zeroed in on her racquet bag, which, they said, seemed to contain an illegal edible. Jankovic denied the presence of food in the bag, but a search resulted in the discovery of a very old, black, rotten banana. Jankovic was issued a warning and went on her way.
What next? Kuznetsova caught with a banana nut muffin? Chakvetadze censored for consuming a banana Moon Pie?
Note to Bethanie Mattek: Skip the Carmen Miranda outfit...