The women have been letting the side down at the French Open.Anyone who watches tennis out there? Can you tell me, do men grunt or fist-pump sometimes when they play? My recollection from matches-gone-by is yes to both counts, however I guess maybe that's ok because the problem is not really that tennis players grunt or scream or fist-pump (Wendy Petrie anyone?), but that women tennis players grunt or scream or fist-pump. Not very lady-like girls!
Histrionics, inflated egos, poor sportsmanship it's all been there in the women's singles event. And their standard of play has been only ordinary, too.
The men, on the other hand, have been gracious and enjoy their battles.
Portuguese 16-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito screamed so loud with every stroke (even drop shots) that her second-round opponent Aravane Rezal complained to the umpire.
Larcher de Brito jumped straight onto the attack, telling the umpire that nothing had been done to shut up another screamer, Maria Sharapova, so there was no way she could be silenced.
...The screaming of some women is absurd. It's an indulgence that should be stopped.
But, as with the ridiculous "toilet breaks" the women keep taking when a match is going against them, tennis authorities lack the will to intervene.
Generally, the women are appalling losers.
Venus Williams made a surprise third-round departure and just couldn't give her opponent any credit, complaining rather that the shock of losing the first set 6-0 had thrown her off her stride.
Then there is the absurd fist-pumping that players like defending champion Ana Ivanovic and Sharapova indulge in after every rally every rally, mind you...
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
at 10:58 am by Julie
Thank you very much to reader Tessa for emailing me with this tip, from Joseph Romanos writing on Stuff a while back (my tardiness, not hers):