Folks,you might not wanna hear this again(I promise that it won't be more than once per tournament),but there's a problem with the whole tennis SUBCULTURE,and it seems to affects the players' mindsets...and it DEFINITELY limits the growth and popularity of tennis amongst casual fans who could very easily get hooked on the sport,otherwise
Stacy Allaster is an enabler of a sporting culture that coddles bullshitters,underachievers and excuse makers(can't speak for the ATP in that regard).I imagined a scenario where Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw 5 interceptions against a team with a weak defense...throws that were completely off target and sailed right into the defenders' arms...even though there were no rushers pressuring Romo in the passing pocket.If Romo failed to own up to his shit performance...if he opened the post-game presser with,"Well,they have a great defense and really played incredibly today;there wasn't much I could do differently..."(that wasn't any attack on the Pokes;it was just a hypothetical example
If Romo said something like that--under THOSe circumstances--he'd not only lose the respect of his teammates,coaches and the team's fans(who'd all be furious),he'd ALSO lose the respect of all his opponents and the REST of the league's fans.The NFL P.R. team would stop using his image for promotional material if he made a habit of such B.S.,because that would make the entire league look bad since fans knew that he was a joke...there would be no Allaster-led P.R. dipshits offering alibis("oh,poor Tony had a serious muscle tear in his armpit...").Further,ex-player/commentators would call him out for being such a disgrace to the sport...he'd barely get any endorsement offers at all
Allaster leads a sporting subculture which encourages underachievers that they can tank,fake or exaggerate injuries,fail to stay in shape and coast off of past accomplishments....ESPECIALLY if they're pretty in the face.Why should lazy players try hard when they see that they'll still get great promo exposure,and probably more endorsement offers,even when they make almost zero effort??(The asswipe/enabler commentators bare lots of blame here,too).I guarantee all of you that there are fans of blue-collar sports who would enjoy tennis much more if it weren't for the preponderance of the Snivelling Whiner Element.With all of the beauties in the WTA,it's VERY marketable to even casual male sports fans...yet tennis alienates hard-working people with all of the spoiled,pampered brats who put forth minimum effort and then look for the next photo shoot
.....To some degree,it even affects CARO's attitude;even though she maintains sound physical fitness,she just about can't help but be influenced by all of the weak justifications she overhears from her WTA peers: "If THEY can do it,why shouldn't I?"