Re: Sour Grapes
I read this earlier today.
She doesn't just hit the ball hard willy nilly. There is actually strategy. Maybe it doesn't seem like it because her athleticism is so dominant over her qualities, and because she hasn't changed her game much over the years. If all tennis players did was just whack the ball to no end, then the ball would never go in play and they would never even bother to retrieve the ball.
If all people want is pure strategy, watch chess, not tennis.
I've never seen a sport though where athletic prowess is attacked so much. It's kind of ridiculous. I've also never seen a sport where people are NOT encouraged from being well-rounded individuals THIS much. People need to realize that everyone is different. If one just focuses purely on tennis, perhaps they will have burn-out or not be able to perform as well. Perhaps involving oneself in activities outside of tennis brings greater perspective to the game and enhances mental competitiveness. Perhaps men have different brains than women and that men are much more able to pursue a physical endeavor with a one-track mind. Have these critics looked beyond simple answers? If a critic is to attack the psychology of tennis players, in a sport where psychology is talked about so much, then they need to do a better job of trying to understand players instead of drawing quick easy conclusions for the purpose of sensationalist journalism. Of course, maybe they don't care that they are being irresponsible because such controversial journalism can bring in the readers.
But anyways, from the title, I thought he was going to say something about women's tennis being 3 sets... but he doesn't even go into that at all. He seems to just rant and rave without making the extra effort to think about what he is writing. Is Venus power really the only thing that can be considered her best quality? How about her speed? How about her amazing reach? How about her fight? Yeah. Other than the statistics about ticket costs, he really did not do much to convince readers why Venus does not deserve equal pay.
Venus Serena JJ Bethanie Vania Naomi
Petra S. Peng S. Zhang Su-Wei Vera Cici
Vesnina Sveta Crawford McHale Franny Zarina Sloane
Lepchenko Min Garbiñe
Kokkinakis Pospisil Coric Nishikori Berdych Huey Shapovalov
Sock F. Lopez Isner Murray Tiafoe Dmitrov Monfils Thiem Roanic Tsonga
--Praying for the return of carpet courts-- Good for the body and quick points!