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Boo Serena throughout the tournament 13 23.21%
Cheer for Serena to win 1 1.79%
Boo her only if she begins to question calls 8 14.29%
Cheeer her, but whistle at her taste in fashion 0 0%
That booing was so last year! 5 8.93%
Polite applause, no wild cheering or booing 5 8.93%
Who knows? The French are too moody to predict! 20 35.71%
Serena's going to withdraw, so it doesn't matter. 4 7.14%
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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old May 9th, 2004, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Serena and the French crowd...

I think it will be interesting to see how the Paris crowd reacts to Serena since they did boo her last year.

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I think this is an excellent point. Although she wasn't being booed by racists, it's just that she's like Hingis, and the crowd can't stand her
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But then comes the question: What did she do to deserve such a treatment?! She didnīt anything wrong that day.

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No she didn't. But many looked upon it as the little European beating the big strong American, I ended up cheering for her that day, and I can't have her at all now
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as long as Henin isn't involved, the crowd will be fine
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as long as Henin isn't involved, the crowd will be fine


I've come to the conclusion that the French crowd will do anything and everything in their power for either Amelie or H-H to win against an American. If Serena is to win the FO, she will have to deal with it. If she cannot handle it then tough luck.

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Thats what I always love about an American/British crowds their always partisan yet appreciative of the other player
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Too bad the Americans wonīt do that when it comes to Serena or Venus against Justine at the Open....would love to see the roles changed for once.

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Didn't they have a trial run at Indian Wells but it didn't catch on
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I love French Crowds. They make the sport so much more interesting. It makes it much more of a mental battle out there fore the player/s. I think that crowds should be allowed to make even more noise during points etc.
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I totally agree that crowds should be allowed to be more vocal it creates a better atmosphere. For instance when Dokic was playing last week , the crowd should have been allowed to shout at her something like 'Get off the court you waste of space' 'We want our money back, she's not trying' or when someone like Sharpova is playing I think the crowd should be allowed to shout 'Would you shut the fuck up yelling and squealing'
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I predict they'll treat her with much more respect because those they must feel bad about how the crowd treated her last year
I am the biggest Justine fan but crowd made me feel bad about the whole match, it was the most disrespectful I've ever seen

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The French crowds in general have only been against Serena when Amelie (and to a lesser extent, Justine) is her opponent and my guess is that that'll continue. I'm also not convinced that crowd support is as simple a thing as people here have made out - sometimes very vocal support can make the player supported collapse under pressure (Amelie at RG, for example!) and sometimes it can make the player not supported feel defiant and fight better. In the end, I think the best players can use the crowd for inspiration whether or not the crowd is cheering them. I think Steffi did this extremelyl well - for much of her career she wasn't the crowd favourite but she still played well and when she was the favourite (best example RG '99) she used the crowd to her advantage. So, in conclusion, I doubt Serena will face particularly hostile crowds (I think last year was made worse because she'd thrashed Amelie in the QF and then played another Francophone) and, in any case, I think she's someone who can handle whatever the situation throws at her.
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Donīt know....once rascist, always rascist....that just doesnīt go away.

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Donīt know....once rascist, always rascist....that just doesnīt go away.
You can't call a whole crowd rascist
I have a feeling it has more to do with them pulling extremely for Justine and Momo.
I am not defending the behaviour, I just don't wanna believe it's about rascism

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