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People at my tennis club were sympathetic toward Serena

When I was at my tennis club this morning, a group of people - all middle-aged white people - were talking about the match yesterday. All of them expressed sympathy for Serena. They said the crowd was unjust to treat her that way, and they felt it cost Serena the match.

Anyway, I just wanted to open a discussion on what the general reaction seems to be...

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LOL!!!!!!!!

omg u wanna light a fuse to a bomb or something??

im actually grateful that a whole lot of Henin fans sympathise with her it means a lot to me that they are big enough to admit when things get out of hand
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One interesting thing about this match is it created a lot of sympathy for Serena here in the U.S. The vulnerability of a champion is very interesting to a lot of people. It's harder to root for someone who never loses. I think Serena and Venus are going to become more popular now that they're struggling a little.
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I have gotten a lot of sympathy for Serena too.

Hostile crowds are as dumb a hell. A player, whether she is the best or the worst, deserves some respect. That's why I hate Fed Cup matches and also when a Belgian plays the Diamond Games (semi-)final (only Patty's yell "SCHEISSE" was wonderful ). The crowd gets so overly enthousiatic and disrespects the opponent, that I begin to be ashame to be a Belgian. And this happens on the biggest day in Belgian history ever.

Anyway, Serena was right and I am very sorry for her that she hasn't had these kind of crowds behind her yet in her life. It's sad that they exist, but because they exist, every player should have had one behind HER already. But they should tone down a bit. Booing is out of the question.

I hope the USA now sees that they should support all their players 100%, no matter if they like Capriati or Seles more than the Williamses. They have an opportunity in the Fed Cup.

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Totally agree with you Nemesis.

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Nemsis - True; my other thing is that it's one thing to support one player, and it's another to boo the other player. Cheering for Justine was fine and dandy, but when you start booing because a player misses a serve or a shot, that's crossing the line.

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Oh - anyone know what the papers in France are saying about the match? What is the media there saying about the crowds?

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So Serena's ' stunt ' did get her what she wanted ....sympathy ......but then She would have rather liked to have the RG '03 trophy than all this sympathy.
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I have gotten a lot of sympathy for Serena too.

Hostile crowds are as dumb a hell. A player, whether she is the best or the worst, deserves some respect. That's why I hate Fed Cup matches and also when a Belgian plays the Diamond Games (semi-)final (only Patty's yell "SCHEISSE" was wonderful ). The crowd gets so overly enthousiatic and disrespects the opponent, that I begin to be ashame to be a Belgian. And this happens on the biggest day in Belgian history ever.

Anyway, Serena was right and I am very sorry for her that she hasn't had these kind of crowds behind her yet in her life. It's sad that they exist, but because they exist, every player should have had one behind HER already. But they should tone down a bit. Booing is out of the question.

I hope the USA now sees that they should support all their players 100%, no matter if they like Capriati or Seles more than the Williamses. They have an opportunity in the Fed Cup.
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So Serena's ' stunt ' did get her what she wanted ....sympathy ......but then She would have rather liked to have the RG '03 trophy than all this sympathy.

Now you are being obnoxious and hateful...
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The crowd never know how much pressure they could put on a player, the boo after shaking hands was terrible. Why the tennis fans become so cheap and annoying?

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So Serena's ' stunt ' did get her what she wanted ....sympathy ......but then She would have rather liked to have the RG '03 trophy than all this sympathy.
I'm sure that she would have liked the RG trophy. But she'll just have to make do with the 5 GS trophies that she already has. I strongly suspect that despite the denial of some , both she and Venus will hoist some more GS trophies in the near future.
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Now you are being obnoxious and hateful...
plz stop quoting her, it disables the idea of me not being able to read ANY of her posts due to the ignore feature
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plz stop quoting her, it disables the idea of me not being able to read ANY of her posts due to the ignore feature


LOL!!!! I'm sorry...I have that ass on ignore too! I'll never do it again!


I'm interested in knowing what the French newspapers are saying!
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Yes, I think that the Serena experience yesterday has dramatically increased her sympathy quotient all around. The other guys on my tennis team had heard that she got hassled a lot and that's why she lost her match and they were like, "Whoa. That's uncool." They don't follow women's tennis that much, but the sentiment was, "I hope she kicks butt the rest of the season!" They generally don't have any cheers one way or another, so it demonstrated to me that they now have a tender view of Serena to succeed. Of course, my experience is with a small slice of people in the world. However, I think that her sympathy quotient HAS increased.

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