Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005151, Tue, 6 Jun 2000 07:51:15 -0700

Kournikova as "Lolita" (fwd)
From: Kelvin Lu <kelvin@midway.uchicago.edu>

In regards to the recent comment on whether Anna Kournikova qualifies as
the "Lolita" of tennis:

HH's most precious memories of Lolita involved the grace of her tennis
abilities. It seems reasonable to make a comparison between Lolita and AK
based on K's beauty and grace on the tennis court and her ability to make
grown men swoon. Even if "nymphet" is the wrong term for 19 year old
Kournikova, it might have been apt a few years ago. I think she was
dating a hockey player at the age of 17 or 18 who was many years older
than her. Not every nymphet experiences the tragedy of Lolita-hood.
Some just grow up.

Kelvin Lu