British Paper: Eating Disorders are Hilarious

Tennis great Zina Garrison showed up at Wimbledon this week to compete in some golden oldies doubles action. She doesn't look exactly how you remember her. She's bigger now. ↵

↵But how to handle that extremely obvious fact has apparently befuddled some of the tennis media. Garrison has suffered from eating disorders for much of her life, which, in polite company anyhow, means that weight jokes should be off the table, even though weight jokes about fat football coaches are an accepted pillar of sports Internet journalism. ↵

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↵But this is London, after all, and her appearance is sort of hard to ignore. So here's how the estimable Daily Express summarized a thrashing Garrison and her partner Liz Smylie received against Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova: ↵

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↵⇥[Garrison and Smylie] did manage to avoid a 6-0, 6-0 "double bagel" – but presumably made up for it later with a Big Mac and fries. Only the fact the players changed ends after every two games saved No. 3 Court from developing a permanent slope as, pound for pound, Garrison and Smylie were huge. ↵⇥
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↵⇥At least they lived up to their names. Australian Liz was all smiles and 1990 Wimbledon runner-up Zina is now the size of a small fort. ↵
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↵Funny for Mark Mangino, but maybe not for Garrison. In polite company, anyhow. And what's with suggesting a Bic Mac and fries instead of fish 'n chips, anyhow? Like Brits don't eat fatty foods. Anyhow, here, according to some fans, is how Radio Wimbledon handled the issue: ↵

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↵⇥"She must have put on a stone in weight every year since she reached the Wimbledon final." ... "She obviously likes a bit of cake." ... "Time hasn't been kind to her, but the buffet table has." ↵
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↵Funny for Ralph Friedgen, but maybe not for Garrison. This being London, the papers started squabbling about the tastefulness of mentioning this whole weight issue, with the Telegraph reviewing Garrison's medical history and declaring her appearance at Wimbledon a "personal triumph." ↵

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↵"I am still a lot heavier than I want to be and I still get down sometimes," the paper quoted her saying, "but I've decided that I am what I am." ↵

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↵The Jonas Brothers couldn't have said it any better. And the next subheading in this sympathetic newspaper notebook? "ANYONE FOR A PRINGLE?" ↵

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↵For more of Dan Steinberg, visit his blog with The Washington Post, D.C. Sports Bog. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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