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Sep 12th, 2004, 08:42 PM
Capriati loses honor in win

Speaking up may have halted fiasco

Dan Bickley
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 12, 2004 12:00 AM

With a familiar scent filling his nostrils, Richard Williams pulled out his favorite card.

Save it, pops. The travesty at the U.S. Open has nothing to do with racism.

If his two daughters - Serena and Venus - are victims of a broad conspiracy, it is only because their utter detachment and perceived aloofness does not mesh well with the catty tennis establishment.

And because there is no honor among thieves.

As the final major of the tennis calendar rumbles to a close, there is a lasting odor attached to the Open. After Serena was jobbed out of a series of line calls in her quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati, many have called for instant replay. The elder Williams said the establishment is trying to usher African-Americans away from the sport. This all takes away from the crux of the matter.

The real loser in all of this is Capriati, silently complicit in the officiating fiasco. It began with a shot by Williams that landed inside the line, a shot so in that Stevie Wonder could've called it good. Yet the chair umpire somehow deemed it out, overruling her linesman and instantly changing the tone of the match.

At that point, Capriati knew a severe injustice had taken place. She could hear the disbelief in Williams' voice as her opponent searched for an explanation. And she did nothing.

Those imploring Paul Hamm to hand over his gold medal in Olympic gymnastics should be screaming in unison about Capriati, but since this is tennis, and since the Williams sisters seek no help in anything, no one cares enough to ring that bell.

Part of this is the culture of the sport. During the formative years, all tennis players learn the hard way. You grow up calling your opponent's shots, and cheating runs rampant. The code of honor that marks another country club endeavor - the game of golf - is destroyed before it can ever take root.

Still, it would be nice if elite players could help each other out in the face of horrible officiating every now and again, and again, the real loser is Capriati, who revealed her true self that evening.

Once, she was a tennis sweetheart. Now, she's nothing but scar tissue and cold ambition, and after her tainted victory, Capriati actually had the gall to tell a disgruntled crowd that the controversy wasn't such a big deal, and if anyone deserves a break, it's her.

Nice going.

But what else would you expect from someone who bailed on the Olympics on Aug. 10, citing a hamstring injury, only to commit to the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament the following day, where there was better money to be made?

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Great article and seriously on point :worship:

Sep 14th, 2004, 01:59 AM

Sep 15th, 2004, 08:26 PM

Sep 18th, 2004, 04:27 AM
The funny thing is this is assuming she had any to begin with. She can't lose what she didn't have.