Monday September 14, 2009 6:47PM Federer cursed at the umpire still in the game US Open – double standards
Serena Williams had a really bad meltdown at the U.S. Open – heard around the world. She looked ‘pissed’ when she stated the game and things soon went down hill. I like Serena and I can’t ever remember seeing her act so poorly. I must confess that after 10 years of watching tennis, I never heard an official make a ‘foot fall’ call.
The press conference was not an act. She was clearly still angry at what happened before the game, and annoyed at what happen during the game. This was a week of angry outbursts: remember the President of the United States being called a ‘liar’ in Congress? This is the week of 9-11 and I was pissed remembering the people who died ages 3-71!
I was also annoyed at the self-righeous female commentators on ESPN who acted like a tennis player NEVER acted like Serena. They sounded like she should have been made to come to center court in chains. Ban her from the game. Don’t let her play doubles! Since when is the entire team penalized for one player??????????
There really is a NOT so laughable double standard. Let me refresh some memories here, and I don’t even have to mention John McEnroe once: June 30, 2008 – Serena Williams has hit back at US tennis player Justin Gimelstob, after he called Russian player Anna Kournikova “a bitch” and two other female players “sexpots”. He aimed to make Kournikova cry at an upcoming mixed doubles tournament, and described French players Tatiana Golovin and Alize Cornet “sexpots”, and Czech player Nicole Vaidisova as a “well-developed young lady”. http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/tennis-rep-lashes-out-at-kournikova/2008/06/30/1214677885118.html
April 9, 2006 – The Davis Cup Andy Murray’s major contribution to proving he is a feisty competitor came with a foul-mouthed outburst after Britain lost the crucial doubles. Murray faces disciplinary action after he swore at the chair umpire, Adel Aref of Tunisia – f-word abuse that was clearly heard on BBC TV and remarked on admonishingly by commentator Andrew Castle. http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/4-9-2006-93101.asp
September 5, 2007 – AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup player Paul Hanley has been slapped with the biggest fine issued at a grand slam this year following a foul-mouthed attack on a US Open spectator. Hanley was fined $3,650 for “unsportsmanlike conduct” – three times more than any of the other 16 players so far fined for various offences at the Open. In fact, of 69 fines issued to players at the four slams this year, Hanley’s is the biggest. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,22367098-23216,00.html