I really don't know any reason to hate Alex, either. In person she is a very sweet young woman.
At times, I even wonder if we are too hard on tennis parents. Most of the people mentioned in this thread did NOT come from wealthy backgrounds or even upper middle class backgrounds.
Tennis, for all of them, was their ticket to success. Who is to say where a Martina Hingis or a Venus Williams or a Jennifer Capriati would be today if they were not all amazing athletes?
They would have all probably finished high school and maybe or maybe not gone on to college, providiing there was any money to go to college on.
So their parents in some ways just did the best they could to help them live a better life, through a sport they could play well.
But that is not to say that some parents don't push their kids too hard or even make the wrong choices for them. Remember, Jennifer was once heard screaming at her father that he treated her like a cash machine, setting her up over and over again to play in lucrative exhibition matches that didn't mean squat in any other way.
So, these parents do at times probably make mistakes, just as stage mothers do for kids in show business. And sometimes, the mother or father may be living through their kids, carrying out their dreams of sports glory that are not necessarily the kids' dream, or at least, not as much of a dream.
But it is a difficult job. How much do you make your kid play tennis? How much do you make your kid practice the piano if he or she could be a talented pianist? How much of their childhood should they be willing to give up to have a short, but potentially profitable tennis career?
There is also, incidentally, always the problem of the parents waltzing off with the kids' money. There are lots of show biz stories about that kind of thing happening, but so far, I don't know of any tennis stories along that line, but eventually, I will bet that one turns up.
Lastly, about Melanie. As I said, I have followed Martina's career closely and never heard her say one word negative about her mother. She also implied that anything that went wrong in her game was purely her own fault.
Some, of course, blame too much early play for the foot and ankle problems that ended Martina's career and its hard to know if that was the problem or not. Certainly, we know Martina played an aweful lot of tennis, years of both singles and doubles and perhaps her body did just plain give out, with a little help from bad shoes.
But in general, Melanie has been a great parent, although apparently a hard task master.
Of course, the results were spectacular and Hingis today is living the good life and she owes that all to tennis and to no small extent, to her tennis mother.