2016 Roland Garros: The Worst Ever

by Savannah

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Let me be clear. I’m only going to touch on the players if what happened to them bears on the general management of the tournament. Which, as the title of this post says, was abysmal.

There is nothing anyone can do about the weather. Anyone who cared to check knew that the rain that ended up flooding Paris and its environs, was going to affect play. How the Tournament Director, Guy Forget, handled the problem would show his ability, and biases, to the tennis world. It’s bad enough that Roland Garros has the worst website of any Slam. It doesn’t matter if you use a PC, MAC, or a mobile device the web site sucks. But in the long run that’s an issue that can easily be corrected if more than cursory attention is given to the site.

Roland Garros website is also the only one where player interviews are not easily accessible. The big shots of tennis journalism saw to that. They felt that with the proliferation of bloggers and information on line their jobs were in danger so interviews are hidden away somewhere on that site that I frankly don’t have the inclination to search for. I shouldn’t have to. I’ll be back to the ITWA later.

But back to the rain and Forget’s management of it.

Kudo’s to the tournament for canceling play early and putting ticket holders who bought their tickets from RG at the head of the line for next years ticket sale.

As for the players it was obvious from Forget’s comments that he didn’t give a rat’s ass about the WTA. His entire focus was on the ATP. When asked how the washout would affect play he responded “If players need to play two matches in two days,” Forget said, “I guess the guy who is more fit will win.” He also said that no ATP player would have to play more than two days in a row. Meanwhile the top half of the WTA draw had to play four straight days up to and including the Final. The option of moving the Women’s final to Sunday was never publicly considered. Still, when it came to scheduling the women were scheduled after the men, who would have an extra day, Saturday, to rest and prepare for a Sunday Final. I’m nit picking? Don’t the women only play best of three? It shouldn’t matter if they have to play four days straight right? It’s the men who play best of five and would suffer the most right?

The ATP seems to look for ways to diminish the woman’s game. The only male who was having issues with his early rounds was Andy Murray who had a draw that while not as much of a cakewalk as the ATP #1’s draw on paper was not that difficult. But the argument about the best of five men’s format always wins at Slams.

Anyway there was a significant delay on Tuesday, May 31 (Day 10) which saw the Order of Play changed twice. The first revision showed the women scheduled up first. Then it was changed and the men, including the ATP #1, saw their matches scheduled ahead of the women again before all matches were cancelled. On Day 11 the women were up first again. And the top half of the draw began it’s long march towards the Final that completed about an hour before I started this post. While all of this was going on there wasn’t one word from WTA management. It’s new head, Steve Simon, has only stirred himself to comment on how he feels about admitted doper Maria Sharapova. His players being treated like second class citizens didn’t appear to bother him in the least.

Bad Behavior

Try as they might TPTB of men’s tennis can’t cover up the true personality of their current top player. The two incidents that occurred during his match against his pigeon Tomas Berdych were eye opening and could’ve resulted in serious injury to a linesperson. The official line became that the blind racquet toss made by the #1 was a slip, that the racquet slipped out of his hand and without the agility of the linesman involved would’ve meant he’d have to be disqualified. I’m not sure you can still find the video online since the person who originally posted it got upset at fan reaction to what looked to be an intentional throw of the racquet.

I wonder what David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria thought about the non action taken against the ATP #1? We know what would’ve happened if say Nick Kyrgios had done the same thing.

The other incident was during the same match. The ATP #1 was actually being pressed by Berdych and slipped on the court. He immediately asked for the match to be suspended. The chair, Eva Moore, didn’t do what he wanted as he went to his seat and began to pack up his things. Berdych took up the argument with Moore and as the tournament official walked on court the ATP #1 walked off court. The official told Berdych to step inside the tunnel for about five minutes until the shower passed. The other men’s match, between David Goffin and Dominic Thiem, continued on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

 

End Notes

There’s been a lot of criticism of Marion Bartoli for revealing that Serena Williams was suffering from an adductor injury. “Betrayal of the locker room” seems to be the going reason for condemning Bartoli’s “faux pas”. Serena is the WTA #1. An adductor injury is going to affect her movement and ability to put some heft behind her shots as well as how she serves. Yet Marion is being raked over the coals for revealing the injury. If the ATP #1 was carrying a comparable injury wouldn’t it be made public?

Those of us who have followed Venus Williams and Serena Williams over the years know they are very reluctant to reveal injuries. They’ve gotten better in recent years but Venus has been wearing a wrap on her thigh for quite some time. Serena’s wrap was hidden under the leggings she wore against the chill in Paris.

It seems to me that the criticism of Bartoli is coming from the ITWA members who want to keep a stranglehold on access to and information about tennis players. Don’t get me wrong I get it. You can’t have fanboys and girls running rampant in the locker room. By the same token you can’t have a stranglehold on information that fans want to read. Tennis is the only sport that gives the reporters who ask questions at pressers complete anonymity. No other sport does that. It’s time for tennis to get away from the country club mentality and find a way to open the flow of information to fans. David Goffin had a press conference after a win this week where only one question – one – was asked in English. As a fan I want to know more about him but the US press is content to continue to write about him as if he is an international man of mystery.

Not all bloggers are fanboys and girls. It’s time to stop punishing those who are working hard to get information to fans without compromising professionalism.

©SavannahsWorld 2016 All Rights Reserved

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Savannah

It’s no secret. For those of you who have been reading me for a long time you know that I love, no, that I’m fanatical about clay court tennis. A player has to be able to pose questions and if he or she doesn’t like the answer rephrase it and throw it back at his or her opponent. Conversations can be long with a lot of different tangents and changes of subject. It requires patience and constant vigilance. A slight break of concentration can cause not only a game but a match.

Not every player, or every fan for that matter, is temperamentally suited to clay court tennis and that’s fine. While my favorite surface is clay I can appreciate the aesthetics of hard court and grass court tennis. It’s a different way of thinking and each surface demands a different skill set from a player.

But on Sunday the Grand Slam event dedicated to perfection on the terre battue as it’s called in France begins so enough of my blathering. Below are the mens singles main draw and the women’s singles main draw.

 

ATP Main Draw

DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [1] vs LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs BEDENE, Aljaz GBR
CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESP vs DELBONIS, Federico ARG [31]

TOMIC, Bernard AUS [20] vs BAKER, Brian USA
CORIC, Borna CRO vs FRITZ, Taylor USA
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA vs GIRALDO, Santiago COL
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS vs BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP [14]

FERRER, David ESP [11] vs DONSKOY, Evgeny RUS
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB vs MONACO, Juan ARG
ESTRELLA BURGOS, Victor DOM vs MARCHENKO, Illya UKR
JOHNSON, Steve USA vs LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [21]

CUEVAS, Pablo URU [25] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
CHUNG, Hyeon KOR vs HALYS, Quentin FRA (W)
JAZIRI, Malek TUN vs MAYER, Florian GER
POSPISIL, Vasek CAN vs BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [7]

NADAL, Rafael ESP [4] vs GROTH, Sam AUS
BAGNIS, Facundo ARG vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA vs BERANKIS, Ricardas LTU
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP vs FOGNINI, Fabio ITA [32]

ANDERSON, Kevin RSA [18] vs ROBERT, Stephane FRA (W)
ZVEREV, Alexander GER vs HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues FRA
DE BAKKER, Thiemo NED vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
CERVANTES, Inigo ESP vs THIEM, Dominic AUT [13]

GOFFIN, David BEL [12] vs BARRERE, Gregoire FRA (W)
LORENZI, Paolo ITA vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
RAM, Rajeev USA vs VESELY, Jiri CZE
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [24]

SOUSA, Joao POR [26] vs DZUMHUR, Damir BIH
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs GULBIS, Ernests LAT
MULLER, Gilles LUX vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [6]

RAONIC, Milos CAN [8] vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ vs MANNARINO, Adrian FRA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs MUNOZ DE LA NAVA, Daniel ESP
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA (W) vs POUILLE, Lucas FRA [29]

SOCK, Jack USA [23] vs HAASE, Robin NED
SELA, Dudi ISR vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
RAMOS-VINOLAS, Albert ESP vs ZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs CILIC, Marin CRO [10]

SIMON, Gilles FRA [16] vs DUTRA SILVA, Rogerio BRA
SCHWARTZMAN, Diego ARG vs PELLA, Guido ARG
LAJOVIC, Dusan SRB vs KUDLA, Denis USA
DIMITROV, Grigor BUL vs TROICKI, Viktor SRB [22]

CHARDY, Jeremy FRA [30] vs MAYER, Leonardo ARG
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
KLIZAN, Martin SVK vs DANIEL, Taro JPN
ROSOL, Lukas CZE vs WAWRINKA, Stan SUI [3]

NISHIKORI, Kei JPN [5] vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
KUZNETSOV, Andrey RUS vs BECKER, Benjamin GER
DODIG, Ivan CRO vs YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
VERDASCO, Fernando ESP vs DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR [28]

KYRGIOS, Nick AUS [17] vs CECCHINATO, Marco ITA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUERREY, Sam USA vs FRATANGELO, Bjorn USA (W)
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA vs GASQUET, Richard FRA [9]

ISNER, John USA [15] vs MILLMAN, John AUS
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs EDMUND, Kyle GBR
GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS vs YOUNG, Donald USA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs PAIRE, Benoit FRA [19]

KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [27] vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs THOMPSON, Jordan AUS (W)
BOURGUE, Mathias FRA (W) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs MURRAY, Andy GBR [2]

I think this draw speaks for itself so there isn’t much to say about it that it doesn’t say.

WTA Main Draw

WILLIAMS, Serena USA [1] vs RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena SVK
PEREIRA, Teliana BRA vs PLISKOVA, Kristyna CZE
CRAWFORD, Samantha USA vs BABOS, Timea HUN
SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA vs MLADENOVIC, Kristina FRA [26]

SVITOLINA, Elina UKR [18] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
TOWNSEND, Taylor USA (W) vs HESSE, Amandine FRA (W)
NARA, Kurumi JPN vs ALLERTOVA, Denisa CZE
DODIN, Oceane FRA (W) vs IVANOVIC, Ana SRB [14]

SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP [12] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
WANG, Qiang CHN vs ANDRIANJAFITRIMO, Tessah FRA (W)
RODIONOVA, Arina AUS (W) vs KONJUH, Ana CRO
ZHENG, Saisai CHN vs CIBULKOVA, Dominika SVK [22]

PETKOVIC, Andrea GER [28] vs ROBSON, Laura GBR
PUTINTSEVA, Yulia KAZ vs WOZNIAK, Aleksandra CAN
SEVASTOVA, Anastasija LAT vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
KNAPP, Karin ITA vs AZARENKA, Victoria BLR [5]

KERBER, Angelique GER [3] vs BERTENS, Kiki NED
LIM, Alize FRA (W) vs GIORGI, Camila ITA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs RAZZANO, Virginie FRA (W)
FRIEDSAM, Anna-Lena GER vs KASATKINA, Daria RUS [29]

KONTA, Johanna GBR [20] vs GOERGES, Julia GER
PUIG, Monica PUR vs GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR
GAVRILOVA, Daria AUS vs DUQUE-MARINO, Mariana COL
VEKIC, Donna CRO vs KEYS, Madison USA [15]

WILLIAMS, Venus USA [9] vs KONTAVEIT, Anett EST
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs DAVIS, Lauren USA
CORNET, Alize FRA vs FLIPKENS, Kirsten BEL
MARIA, Tatjana GER vs JANKOVIC, Jelena SRB [23]

NICULESCU, Monica ROU [31] vs PARMENTIER, Pauline FRA
FALCONI, Irina USA vs BARTHEL, Mona GER
SIEGEMUND, Laura GER vs BOUCHARD, Eugenie CAN
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs BACSINSZKY, Timea SUI [8]

VINCI, Roberta ITA [7] vs BONDARENKO, Kateryna UKR
BECK, Annika GER vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
VANDEWEGHE, Coco USA vs BROADY, Naomi GBR
MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie USA vs BEGU, Irina-Camelia ROU [25]

PLISKOVA, Karolina CZE [17] vs ROGERS, Shelby USA
VESNINA, Elena RUS vs BRENGLE, Madison USA
ARRUABARRENA, Lara ESP vs HSIEH, Su-Wei TPE
KOVINIC, Danka MNE vs KVITOVA, Petra CZE [10]

KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana RUS [13] vs SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava KAZ
GIBBS, Nicole USA vs WATSON, Heather GBR
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs SASNOVICH, Aliaksandra BLR
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia RUS [24]

MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS [27] vs LEPCHENKO, Varvara USA
WICKMAYER, Yanina BEL vs DULGHERU, Alexandra ROU
GEORGES, Myrtille FRA (W) vs MCHALE, Christina USA
SCHMIEDLOVA, Anna Karolina SVK vs MUGURUZA, Garbine ESP [4]

HALEP, Simona ROU [6] vs HIBINO, Nao JPN
DIYAS, Zarina KAZ vs WITTHOEFT, Carina GER
LUCIC-BARONI, Mirjana CRO vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
OSAKA, Naomi JPN vs OSTAPENKO, Jelena LAT [32]

STOSUR, Samantha AUS [21] vs DOI, Misaki JPN
ZHANG, Shuai CHN vs VOSKOBOEVA, Galina KAZ
RISKE, Alison USA vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
DIATCHENKO, Vitalia RUS vs SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE [11]

ERRANI, Sara ITA [16] vs PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL
LARSSON, Johanna SWE vs LINETTE, Magda POL
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs LISICKI, Sabine GER
GASPARYAN, Margarita RUS vs STEPHENS, Sloane USA [19]

STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE [30] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
HERCOG, Polona SLO vs DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes ESP
TSURENKO, Lesia UKR vs GARCIA, Caroline FRA
JOVANOVSKI, Bojana SRB vs RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL [2]

In both draws the seeds are pretty well protected with an exception or two.
Once again we see a wide open bottom half of the women’s draw while the top half is truly a war.

I’m that person who has said for years that draws weren’t as random as we’d like to think they are. I’ve also been severely criticized for saying that. Imagine my laughter when someone on Tennis Twitter said this morning that it’s time for the ATP and WTA to find a new seeding mechanism when he saw the ATP draw. Ironic isn’t it?

There’s no nonsensical Middle Sunday break in Paris but the weather forecast is not good. Play will start with the bottom half of both draws on Sunday. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tennis. I’ll check back in as needed before the first week is completed. Otherwise I’ll be back on Middle Sunday.

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Robert Lansdorp Comes to the Defense of Maria Sharapova

by Savannah

In a stunning interview posted by http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3492402/Maria-Sharapova-never-cheat-says-coach-turned-11-year-old-Grand-Slam-winner-victim-jealousy-witch-hunt.html  respected US coach made the following comments:

The coach says he can’t understand why the anti-doping body didn’t call Sharapova’s team directly to inform them of the change in the rules.

He said: ‘I mean if it’s that important then why don’t you call Max [Eisenbud] her agent and say, “hey Max we’re going to change this”, why send an email to a girl who gets thousands and thousands of emails?

‘Something that important, why wouldn’t you make a phone call or double check the email and say, “did you get the email?”. This wasn’t just anyone, it was Maria.

Let the implications of those words sink in. The WORLD Anti Doping Agency, responsible for monitoring the use of PED’s by athletes of all stripes should have made an exception for one athlete and one athlete alone. Does he not understand that if, in an alternate universe, that call had been made from WADA or someone working there it would be an admission that it knew she was using meldonium? Why should she and she alone have been notified by the anti doping agency to stop what she was doing?

Furthermore doesn’t her presumably highly paid staff bear the responsibility of telling her that the rules had changed? In the end it’s the athlete who bears responsibility for what goes into his or her body. WADA is not in the business of notifying drug cheats that their drug of choice is on their radar. The assumption that Sharapova deserved special treatment from WADA is stunning in it’s arrogance.

Of course Lansdorp goes into the whole “everyone is jealous of her ‘beauty’ and wealth meme that some “fans” promulgated when tennis was blindsided by her admission at her press conference. He also goes after tennis stars who have spoken out about the negative effect doping has on the reputation of tennis, a sport fighting to gain respect as legit and not a country club sport. He also says that her penchant for secrecy and distance may be genetic.

‘Russians are born KGB people I think, very private people,

What apologists don’t want to talk about is that there were 450 tests done at the 2016 Australian Open. There’s only one result that was negative.

They also want us to ignore the admission by Ms Sharapova that she has been using this stuff for ten years. That means she’s been using this since she was 18 years old. Lansdorp was on her team when she was between the ages of 10-18.

There is something going on here. Why is the US tennis establishment pulling out all the stops to defend a woman who has been doping for ten years? Not even the Russians are defending her that hard, saying that the level of meldonium found in Sharapova’s system was too high to allow her to try and claim she last took the drug at the end of last year.

There have been reports that Ms Sharapova’s hearing will take place May 18-19 2016. There is no guarantee anything will be announced then but I could be wrong. At any rate it seems the US tennis establishment, in trying to defend the woman it considers its star product may have raised more questions about its motives than it intended to.

Andy Murray and Amélie Mauresmo Call It A Day

by Savannah

I admit some sadness over the split between Andy Murray and his coach Amélie Mauresmo. Still the split was inevitable. Amélie is a new mother and babies are known for obliterating your life as you knew it once they arrive on the scene. Amélie also had duties she performed for her native country that included working with the French Fed Cup team. She was in Madrid in that capacity while Jamie Delgado was coaching Murray. Delgado did look involved and I wondered what was up but now we all know.

Delgado is a Brit born March 21 1977 and has represented Britain in Davis Cup. He’s been Murray’s assistant coach since February 29 of this year so he’s familiar with Mr. Murray and his wants and needs. The fact that he’s been his assistant coach since February could mean that Andy and Amélie had already become aware of the constraints on her travel time.

Andy made history choosing not only a woman but a French woman. I hope that his choice, and their need to split for what in the end are personal reasons, doesn’t end up being an anomaly in the world of men’s tennis.

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WTA Madrid and Other Tennis Tales of Woe

by Savannah

I heard it with my own ears. Mary Carillo, on Tennis Channel said, after going over the days results on the women’s side “Come back Serena. We need you”.

@ESPNTennis posted the following re the women’s Quarter Finals in Madrid, a Premier Mandatory event roughly equal to an ATP M1000.

WTA Madrid QFs today:
Cibulkova (Ranked 38) vs Cirstea (127)
Chirico (130) vs Gavrilova (39)
Halep (7) vs Begu (34)
Stosur (23) vs Tig (134)

As I type this Dominika Cibulkova, Louisa Chirico and Simona Halep are through to the semifinals. The winner between Samantha Stosur and Patricia Tig will round out the final four players. That match is last up tonight.

Chirico you say? Who is this Louisa Chirico? Why is she here playing tennis with the big girls instead of in the States playing for a chance at a Wild Card into the French Open? My guess is that someone on her team has a brain. It’s pathetic to see US players constantly playing each other for WC’s into majors instead of taking their show on the road and playing during the spring European clay court season. Hell it’s news when one of them plays during the Golden Swing in South and Central America. If you keep playing the same people over and over, people who play the same style as you, people who travel in the same circles as you, what are you learning?

Exhibit A is Madison Keys, someone I said had the potential to be a star in the WTA. I doubt if anything I say reaches her ears but she put on a horrible display the other night versus Patricia Maria Tig in a match that was delayed due to technical difficulties on another court. I can’t judge the rightness or wrongness of what happened before the match started but I did watch and I’m going to paraphrase what another fan said about Keys: she hits the ball very hard but she has no idea how to play tennis. Tig didn’t have to do much of anything since Keys, clearly uncomfortable on the European dirt hit every ball as if she were in a home run hitting contest at a MLB All Star game.
Another thing about Keys, and Eugenie Bouchard, and Sloane Stephens is the way they run through coaches. I don’t pretend to know why they’re having so many issues and why no coach is good enough for them but I hope it’s not that they believe their hype and that they think they know what’s best for them at this stage in their careers because it’s obvious they don’t. If you decide that you should only stir yourself to play hard against a player with some cred you’re going to blasé yourself into a loss.

But enough about the woeful state of US tennis. Let’s talk about women’s tennis.

Simona Halep, ranked #7 is the only seed left for the WTA. Stosur, ranked 23, and Begu, ranked 34 follow her Then there’s Gavrilova at 39, Cirstea at 127 and the above mentioned Chirico at 130. Attendance has been low at women’s matches but there are big soccer tournaments taking place in Spain so there’s no contest about where the fans are going to go. That said attendance at men’s events has been better than attendance at women’s matches. When Tig and Keys were told to vacate the court so that an ATP match could complete there were lots of people who thought that the women were being disrespected and that the reverse would never happen. Maybe they’re right. But how does a sport where the top seeds crash out of major tournaments on a regular basis gain respect? I know, I know, the WTA has the depth the ATP doesn’t. Anyone can win on any given day and that shows that there are a lot of good players. Fine. But when tournament directors are complaining about who shows up and who wins you have to start paying attention to what is, and isn’t happening on the court. Every Federation has the right to promote it’s players and they do. What the WTA should be doing is promoting the sport of women’s tennis not individuals. The reason there will be more people watching a match between Ernests Gulbis and Alexandr Dolgopolov is because men’s tennis is perceived to be a level above women’s tennis. Tonights match, on center court in Madrid, is being played before empty seats. Would it be different if Serena Williams was there? I can’t say because she’s not. All I can say is that the match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic has a decent number of people in the seats. Until the WTA works harder at promoting women’s tennis as a whole fans can scream and holler about disrespect all they want. When the fall of one player shakes the entire sport to its core something is wrong. When fans are doing a better job of promoting players something is wrong. There are boomlets around certain up and coming players created by fans not the WTA.

Serena is in Rome and was photographed practicing. Let’s see if the top ranked women get themselves together and play a better level of tennis than has been seen in Madrid.

Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov

Tennis Australia has been silent about it’s bad boy Tomic’s comments this go around. I’m sure you’ve all seen the video where, on MP, instead of playing the point and giving his opponent a chance to win in a normal fashion Tomic pretended he was going to play the ball with the handle of his racquet.

There were screams of outrage and people saying he’d gone too far. Many said he should be suspended. All of that was before he said, when asked by a reporter, about his antics the following:

I don’t care about that match point – would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million”

TA created this monster who has done nothing but show up at tournaments, collect an appearance fee (I assume since he’s seeded highly at some of the tournaments) and leave.

I do wonder why everyone is after Tomic though when Grigor Dimitrov the week before appeared to tell the chair umpire, after already getting a warning for racquet abuse, that he was going to do it again, did, was disqualified and his opponent won the title, his first ever on the main tour. No one said he should be suspended. Instead a PR written apology was made and he’s on about his business. It’s this kind of double standard that leads to someone like Tomic showing his ass to the sport. Both men deserved equal censure.

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