My Daughter Is Going as @KikiMladenovic for Halloween Tonight
Steve Fogleman, Tennis Atlantic
My 8-year-old daughter Annabel has been watching a lot of WTA tennis with me over the years, and she’s met a few players while at Citi Open. She surprised me last month when she told me that she wanted to be Angelique Kerber for Halloween. I said, “That’s great, honey, but some people won’t know who you are. Don’t worry about that.”
I realized I unleashed a beast with my words when she did an about-face last week and decided to the be the tennis player she really loves the most: Kiki Mladenovic. Annabel cheered for her while watching the Olympics. She screamed for Mladenovic and #1 doubles partner Caroline Garcia while watching Singapore.
I tried to talk her down.
“Honey, no one will know who you are.”
That won’t stop a kid from wanting to be her all-time favorite for Halloween.
Truth is, my daughter has a little French in her on my wife’s side and she likes to display it proudly. I took her to Guadeloupe last January and now she thinks that it’s perfectly acceptable to bring a baguette to the beach.
A lot of Baltimoreans will learn about world #42 Kristina Mladenovic for the first time tonight.
What’s the matter with kids these days?