For tennis fans- Do you think Serna acted professionally on a call she felt was wrong before she lost??

  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 14, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    For me, she lost some of my respect- She always seemed better than that! What would Tony Robbins tell her?? MaEnroe blushedicon_redface.gif
  • silverfox

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    Sep 14, 2009 4:55 AM GMT
    I will direct people to this thread....didn't see it.

    I never get much response when I post here (unfortunately)
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    Sep 14, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    Here's hoping next time she plays when she makes an unforced error all the linespeople get up and start abusing and threatening her!

    I don't have a problem with her as a professional sportsperson questioning an official if she thinks they've made a bad call (they can challenge line calls in the Grand Slams and have them reviewed, why not footfault calls?), what I have a problem with is her calling herself a Jehovah's Witness and behaving like that.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 14, 2009 1:14 PM GMT
    I think the whole thing was unfortunate. A "professional" incorporates behavior and demeanor on the court. I think she deserved to lose.
    There has to be decorum in the game.
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    Sep 14, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    I'm just wondering why she was called on it when others, especially the male players, seem to be put on a pedestal for being so crass.

    I like Serena and Venus. They are both fantastic tennis players and philanthropists. We all have bad days from time to time, but this entire event goes well beyond a bad day. IMO, the line judge should be out of a job for calling a foot fault. Personally, I think the judge has a bad case of short person syndrome.
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    Sep 14, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    Tapper saidI'm just wondering why she was called on it when others, especially the male players, seem to be put on a pedestal for being so crass.

    I like Serena and Venus. They are both fantastic tennis players and philanthropists. We all have bad days from time to time, but this entire event goes well beyond a bad day.


    In fact, the tapes show that the call was wrong. The players should be able to have this reviewed. Still, her behavior was unprofessional; but I still love her game and what she has brought to the women's game.
  • calibro

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    Sep 14, 2009 3:23 PM GMT
    and to be fair, she took issue with the line judge, not anyone else. even when they forfeited the match she was gracious to her opponent.
  • CAtoFL

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    Sep 14, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    To be technically correct, this wasn't a 'forfeit'. After dropping the first set, Serena was down 5-6 and 15-30. The foot fault lost her a point to 15-40. Serena's second code violation resulted in a point penalty - in this case on match point. So, she lost 4-6, 5-7.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Sep 14, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    yea, she just lost control of herself. As a tennis player, a foot fault being called on me at that point in the match would have had my livid as well. Personally, i thought it was awesome how fired up she got LOL but i know that it wasnt the right thing to do. She still did go across the net and shake hands with Kim CLijtsers and told her "Good Luck, I hope you win".


    I did read an article tho sayin that Serena did it on purpose b/c she would have rather lost like that than have actually been "just beaten" by Kim.
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    Sep 14, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    I think she really let go of her self-control way too much, but I also think there is probably some racial element to the response people are having to it. Other (read: "white") players have "lost it" and been talked about far less disparagingly afterwards.
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    Sep 14, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    Sometimes, you just have to behave properly.

    I think it's a great thing that the tennis folks have sent a message about what will be tolerated in tennis. The NFL would be wise to take one from that camp. Some of the folks in the NFL have no business there. The NFL sends the message that if you're an athlete, nothing else matters. It's part of what's wrong with the values set of many American youth, and Americans in general. Kudos to the tennis folks for leading by example. If you don't behave properly, you SHOULD lose.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 14, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    bklyn63 saidI think she really let go her self-control of way too much, but I also think there is probably some racial element to the response people are having to it. Other (read: "white") players have "lost it" and been talked about far less disparagingly afterwards.



    Maybe it's that, as the legendary champion that she is, we expected more from Serena. She really showed some true colors that were not attractive and certainly not sportsman-like conduct. I was very disappointed in her, but I can understand how and why she was so upset having a foot fault called at that particularly crucial time in the match.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 14, 2009 5:06 PM GMT


    Probably not professional behavior ... but I would think her ability to play would silence and doubts of her abilities. This is clearly important to her and ' unfair ' calls (in quotes as I did not see what the call was) are sure to bring her to a level of discontentment.
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    Sep 14, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    bklyn63 saidI think she really let go her self-control of way too much, but I also think there is probably some racial element to the response people are having to it. Other (read: "white") players have "lost it" and been talked about far less disparagingly afterwards.



    Maybe it's that, as the legendary champion that she is, we expected more from Serena. She really showed some true colors that were not attractive and certainly not sportsman-like conduct. I was very disappointed in her, but I can understand how and why she was so upset having a foot fault called at that particularly crucial time in the match.


    That's true, and it was disappointing to see that behavior... guess I can't help but think of times when I have acted badly under stress, despite my own better judgement...but not on camera with millions watching! It's never attractive, and can cause a lot of uneccessary damage.
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    Sep 14, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    Compare what she did to what Football players do week in, week out......icon_surprised.gif
    Respect for her could be lost because professionalism could have been a little bit better, however, in sport it is difficult to stop yourself from snapping and Serena in this case couldn't restrain.

    Next comparisan....Compare Serena to Britney Spears....She has had to go through the same rise and fall process once already and she didn't resort to shaving her hair off and marrying people left, right, and centre!

    In conclusion, Serena is still a role model for young tennis players aspiring to reach the top of the game!!!
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    Sep 14, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    it could have been a lot worst!

    The size of that girl! She could have torn that line judge apart!
    BUUUUTT....you can't be an ass to judges or they'll have your ass!
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    Sep 14, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    the men are no better: Here is a history lesson for you all. Maybe you can move on! By the way the Williams sisters has been a cash cow for WTA!

    Jimmy Connors wagged his finger with violent intent in the face of many officials. Long after he had reformed his image, in 2001, Andre Agassi whacked a 120mph serve at a Wimbledon lineswoman during a semifinal match and questioned her sex life. And let’s not even get started with John McEnroe, Ilie Nastase or Jeff Tarango.

    Unlike Serena Aggasi really could have hurt the lines person.



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    Sep 15, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    She lost some of my respect, but I would probably be just as pissed if i thought that someone mis called me on a foot fault!!!
  • tomj89

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    Aug 10, 2010 11:12 AM GMT
    I'm not a huge Serena fan and yeah I think she could have conducted herself better but I really don't blame her at all. Calling a foot fault at that stage in the match was ridiculous.
    The result was appropriate though.