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Interesting Article on SI.com on good and bad sportsmanship in tennis this year

(Un)Sportsmanlike conduct
Three good deeds (and three bad ones)
By Kristin Green Morse, tennis producer for SI.com

Sportsmanlike
Olivier Rochus: The 5-foot-5 Belgian, who has been mistaken for a ballboy, was winless in four U.S. Open attempts until this year when Rochus scrambled to the Round of 16, eventually succumbing to cramps and Dominik Hrbaty in five sets. But before losing, the vertically challenged competitor upset third-seeded Carlos Moya in a gripping five-set third-round match. Down a game point in the third, Rochus and Moya engaged in a long rally. The 6-foot-3 Moya eventually hit a shot that was called out by the linesman. Rochus smiled, walked up to the chair umpire and conceded the point. Not a small gesture.
Andy Roddick: Although a bit cantankerous at the U.S. Open, Roddick’s behavior a couple of weeks earlier at the Olympics was anything but. Upset in the Round of 16 by Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, Roddick would have been excused if he’d immediately departed Athens to prepare for the Open. Instead, the world's second-ranked player continued to stay in the Olympic Village and encourage his U.S. teammates. Notably, Roddick lived and died with each point Mardy Fish played in the gold medal round against Nicolas Massu of Chile. The roller-coaster five-set match ended in Massu's favor.

Venus Williams: After her 7-6, 7-6 loss to Karolina Sprem in the second round of Wimbledon, Williams was well within her rights to complain about the officiating. Chair umpire Ted Watts granted Sprem an extra point in the second set tiebreaker, which the Croatian teenager went on to win 8-6. Instead of pointing fingers, Williams was complimentary toward her opponent's play and never publicly chided the umpire. "I don't think one call makes a match," said Williams at the post-match press conference.

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• Although the The (Charleston) Post and Courier 's headline Petty Patty irritated Martina Navratilova ("They would not say that about men …"), petty seemed an apt description for Patty Schnyder’s behavior during her semifinal bout with Conchita Martinez at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., in April. Schnyder was annoyed with her opponent's slow, deliberate pace between points, charging that Martinez was engaging in gamesmanship. (Players have 20 seconds between points, but the chair umpire never asked Martinez to speed up.) Schnyder mocked Martinez during the match, and after Martinez won 6-4, 6-3, the two met at the net for the customary hand shake. Both reached out, but Schnyder pulled her hand away. From there, the dispute spiraled to a war of words: Martinez said Schnyder was "childish" and Schnyder retorted that Martinez was "nasty." All in all, it wasn't pretty.
• 2004 may best be remembered as the Year of the Umpire. Enter: Ted Watts and Mariana Alves. Watts, who sat in the chair for the controversial Venus Williams-Karolina Sprem match at Wimbledon, inexplicably lost track of the score in the second set tiebreaker, granting an extra point to the teenager from Croatia. One point does not make or break a match, but when the final score is 7-6, 7-6, every point counts. Then, as though not to be outdone, Alves -- the chair umpire for the Serena Williams-Jennifer Capriati U.S. Open quarterfinal -- overruled a linesperson's call early in the third set that went against Serena. Replays showed that the ball was well within the line. Serena summed it up best at her press conference: "I just feel robbed."

• It wasn’t Jennifer Capriati’s fault that one of this year’s most infamous overrules (see item No. 2) occurred during her U.S. Open quarterfinal thriller with Serena Williams, but she didn’t win any fans when, in the next round, against Elena Dementieva she tried to steal a point. In the third game of the final set, chair umpire Luann White erroneously called the score 30-30 when it should have been 40-15 for Dementieva. White quickly corrected her mistake to which Capriati yelled, "You can't change it now!" White explained she could indeed change the score, prompting Capriati to utter an expletive and White to issue a warning. Dementieva went on to win the match 7-6 in the third.

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@ Jen, silly Jenny

@ Rochus

*DEAD* @ Patty!

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it amazed me that Patty was not fined or disciplined in any way by the WTA for that ugly behavior, and that she never apologized (i don't mean apologize to Martinez, i mean, to the fans and the tournament) or took responsibility for it at all. It was a disgrace. The ATP would have fined one of their players (Lleyton Hewitt comes to mind) 25,000$ if he had done at a Masters Series event (men's Tier I), what Patty did at Charleston this year. The WTA is really a pathetic organization with no standards and no backbone.

Pretty rancid sportsmanship from JenCap as well - and these are two players who i generally support...
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Yeah,and what a pity that the umpire didn't fall for it

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When the umpire called the score wrong in jens match she wasn t trying to steal a point , she was in the match and getting tense and when heard the umpire correct herself she just let her anger out on her

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(Un)Sportsmanlike conduct
Three good deeds (and three bad ones)
By Kristin Green Morse, tennis producer for SI.com

Sportsmanlike
Olivier Rochus: The 5-foot-5 Belgian, who has been mistaken for a ballboy, was winless in four U.S. Open attempts until this year when Rochus scrambled to the Round of 16, eventually succumbing to cramps and Dominik Hrbaty in five sets. But before losing, the vertically challenged competitor upset third-seeded Carlos Moya in a gripping five-set third-round match. Down a game point in the third, Rochus and Moya engaged in a long rally. The 6-foot-3 Moya eventually hit a shot that was called out by the linesman. Rochus smiled, walked up to the chair umpire and conceded the point. Not a small gesture.
Andy Roddick: Although a bit cantankerous at the U.S. Open, Roddick’s behavior a couple of weeks earlier at the Olympics was anything but. Upset in the Round of 16 by Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, Roddick would have been excused if he’d immediately departed Athens to prepare for the Open. Instead, the world's second-ranked player continued to stay in the Olympic Village and encourage his U.S. teammates. Notably, Roddick lived and died with each point Mardy Fish played in the gold medal round against Nicolas Massu of Chile. The roller-coaster five-set match ended in Massu's favor.

Venus Williams: After her 7-6, 7-6 loss to Karolina Sprem in the second round of Wimbledon, Williams was well within her rights to complain about the officiating. Chair umpire Ted Watts granted Sprem an extra point in the second set tiebreaker, which the Croatian teenager went on to win 8-6. Instead of pointing fingers, Williams was complimentary toward her opponent's play and never publicly chided the umpire. "I don't think one call makes a match," said Williams at the post-match press conference.

Unsportsmanlike

• Although the The (Charleston) Post and Courier 's headline Petty Patty irritated Martina Navratilova ("They would not say that about men …"), petty seemed an apt description for Patty Schnyder’s behavior during her semifinal bout with Conchita Martinez at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., in April. Schnyder was annoyed with her opponent's slow, deliberate pace between points, charging that Martinez was engaging in gamesmanship. (Players have 20 seconds between points, but the chair umpire never asked Martinez to speed up.) Schnyder mocked Martinez during the match, and after Martinez won 6-4, 6-3, the two met at the net for the customary hand shake. Both reached out, but Schnyder pulled her hand away. From there, the dispute spiraled to a war of words: Martinez said Schnyder was "childish" and Schnyder retorted that Martinez was "nasty." All in all, it wasn't pretty.
• 2004 may best be remembered as the Year of the Umpire. Enter: Ted Watts and Mariana Alves. Watts, who sat in the chair for the controversial Venus Williams-Karolina Sprem match at Wimbledon, inexplicably lost track of the score in the second set tiebreaker, granting an extra point to the teenager from Croatia. One point does not make or break a match, but when the final score is 7-6, 7-6, every point counts. Then, as though not to be outdone, Alves -- the chair umpire for the Serena Williams-Jennifer Capriati U.S. Open quarterfinal -- overruled a linesperson's call early in the third set that went against Serena. Replays showed that the ball was well within the line. Serena summed it up best at her press conference: "I just feel robbed."

• It wasn’t Jennifer Capriati’s fault that one of this year’s most infamous overrules (see item No. 2) occurred during her U.S. Open quarterfinal thriller with Serena Williams, but she didn’t win any fans when, in the next round, against Elena Dementieva she tried to steal a point. In the third game of the final set, chair umpire Luann White erroneously called the score 30-30 when it should have been 40-15 for Dementieva. White quickly corrected her mistake to which Capriati yelled, "You can't change it now!" White explained she could indeed change the score, prompting Capriati to utter an expletive and White to issue a warning. Dementieva went on to win the match 7-6 in the third.

http://sipoy.secondthought.com/archi...s/conduct.html

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Okay this pisses Me off..Why didn't the Tournament fine J.Crap for utterin that Expletive but the Australian Officials Fined My girl SERena like 1,500 dollars for cursin durin her match against Emilie Loit (Australian Open 2003)..Doesn't Make Any SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah, yeah.....keep telling that to yourself jenny161185, maybe you´ll believe it someday.


NEVER have seen someone protest a correction by the umpire that EVERYBODY knew was the right one...

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Well cheo.....some people can, some people can´t. I think in fact that if Serena had gone on a f-bomb tirade during her match against Jen, that she would have gotten a fine.

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when you get a code violation you do get a fine

as for the Duck being sportsmanlike for staying to watch Fish getting fried
he just wanted to see if the Aussie girls could catch and snog him

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Well cheo.....some people can, some people can´t. I think in fact that if Serena had gone on a f-bomb tirade during her match against Jen, that she would have gotten a fine.
OH THe DOUBLE STANDARD!!!!!!!!! ITS so AnnoyinG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
& People love J.Craps ATtitude when in fact she's the Bitchest Player On the tour..but they don't like SERENA's Attitude..or "Theres just something I don't like about SErena" comment...Am I missin Something? I can't STand it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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lets talk about 2003

what do u guys think
which one....

Serena Williams
Vera Zvonareva
Ana Ivanovic


Petra Kvitova - Svetlana Kuznetsova - Li Na - Sloane Stephens - Madison Keys

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OH THe DOUBLE STANDARD!!!!!!!!! ITS so AnnoyinG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
& People love J.Craps ATtitude when in fact she's the Bitchest Player On the tour..but they don't like SERENA's Attitude..or "Theres just something I don't like about SErena" comment...Am I missin Something? I can't STand it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tjaaa....what can one say.

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