Tennis-India's Mirza courts row over advert shoot

NEW DELHI Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:12pm GMT

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NEW DELHI Dec 13 (Reuters) - Indian police registered a case of trespass on Thursday against tennis player Sania Mirza for filming for an advert in the premises of a mosque in her hometown Hyderabad.

Mirza, India's first woman to win a tour title in 2005, has apologised after the police complaint was filed, police said.

"We have registered a case for shooting the advertisement in the mosque premises without permission," B.Reddenna, assistant commissioner of police in Hyderabad, told Reuters by phone.

"We are investigating but it is the smallest of cases," he said. "The girl has sent an e-mail saying sorry and her mother also went to the mosque and has given a letter."

Mirza, a Muslim, became the darling of Indian sports fans and a youth icon for her fashionable dresses and ear-rings.

The 21-year-old, whose season ended prematurely due to injury, has also faced an edict in the past from a Muslim group after her tennis attire was termed un-Islamic.

(Reporting by N.Ananthanarayanan, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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