Sharapova's father questioned over throat-slitting gesture

Last updated at 20:13 23 January 2008

The top official on the women's tour has been forced to speak to Maria Sharapova's father Yuri after he made a throat-slitting gesture following her quarter-final victory over Justine Henin.

Larry Scott, chairman and chief

executive of the WTA Tour, rang

Yuri Sharapov yesterday after

requesting footage from the local

television station.

Maria Sharapova’s father, Yuri

The cameras had captured him

running a flattened hand across his

throat in her moment of victory and

had earlier caught him gesturing

that a ball had landed out as his daughter contemplated using one

of her Hawk-Eye challenges.

He had already raised eyebrows

this fortnight by dressing in a

combat-style hoodie with dark

glasses, cutting a menacing figure. Yuri Sharapova apparently

insisted his gesture was a 'job done'


A WTA spokesman said: "Larry

did put in a call to him but he was

satisfied that nothing untoward

was meant by it."

The player herself squirmed when

asked about her father. 'You guys

notice so much. He did it because

he was so excited,' she said.