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DeDe4925
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:10 PM
"Fairness anyone? Tennis looks as bad as calls

08:30 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 8, 2004

By CHIP BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

Tennis has a big problem.

The sport's mostly white establishment keeps getting it wrong when the two best black women's players are on the court.

Racism? Let's pray not.

But it's getting to the point where tennis should start feeling uncomfortable. Four incorrect line calls went against Serena Williams in the third set alone of her loss to Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday night. None was bigger than an outrageous overrule on a deuce point in the first game by chair umpire Mariana Alves of Portugal.

With the worst possible vantage point of the far sideline, Alves called a down-the-line backhand by Williams out after a lineswoman right on top of the shot called it in. Replays showed the ball so far inside the court that it didn't even touch the line. Williams would have had game point. Instead, she went on to lose her serve and the match, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.

At Wimbledon in June, Venus Williams was subjected to chair umpire Ted Watts' bad judgment. Watts, of Great Britain, mistakenly gave Venus' second-round opponent, Karolina Sprem, a point she didn't win in the second-set tiebreaker of a match ultimately won by Sprem.

At the French Open last year, Serena encountered a negligent umpire who failed to intervene when Justine Henin-Hardenne raised her hand to signal she wasn't ready to receive Williams' first serve at 4-2, 30-0 in the final set.

When Serena hit her first serve into the net, she asked to be awarded another first serve, as is standard tennis etiquette. Henin-Hardenne said nothing and Swedish umpire Stefan Fransson refused Williams' request, forcing her to play her second serve. Serena lost the next four points, the service game and, eventually, the match.

"I thought it was another Wimbledon conspiracy," Serena said in a news conference after her match with Capriati at, of all places, Arthur Ashe Stadium – named for one of tennis' foremost black pioneers.

At that point, reporters asked Serena what she meant by "conspiracy." They asked her what she thought of this happening to both her and her sister at the most recent majors.

She called Alves "anti-Serena" and wondered if Alves went "temporarily insane." But she also blamed herself for not putting Capriati away in the second set.

Even Richard Williams, who has called his daughters the victims of racism in the tennis world in the past, simply said Serena should have gone to the net more to beat Capriati.

"I guess the lady didn't want me to be in the tournament anymore," Serena said of Alves.

We'll never know what Alves was thinking because tennis, like all major sports, protects its umpires from having to answer questions from the media.

U.S. Open officials released a statement saying that Alves wouldn't umpire any more matches at this year's event. Tournament referee Brian Earley then told USA Network on Wednesday that Alves wasn't scheduled to work the rest of the tournament anyway.

So, in effect, there is no reprimand for Alves, unless the WTA Tour, the sanctioning body of women's tennis, announces a suspension. WTA officials apologized to Serena for Tuesday night's controversy but haven't said if they'll do anything else.

When U.S. Open director Jim Curley was told that Serena would like a written apology from Alves, he all but laughed.

"I don't think that's appropriate," he told USA Network.

Why not? Alves may have cost Serena the chance to win her third U.S. Open title and seventh major championship.

Love or hate the Williams sisters, they are two of the best things ever to happen to women's tennis. They're bold. They bring nontraditional fans to the sport. They also don't play the catty game that is endemic to women's tennis. While others have taken their verbal shots at the Williamses – and most all of the top players have, including Capriati – the Williams sisters have never returned fire.

Although griping about bad calls is commonplace, tennis owes the Williamses every effort to keep these egregious errors from happening in the future. The biggest blunders in the most-watched tournaments only seem to be hurting the two black superstars in a mostly white sport. "

E-mail chipbrown@dallasnews.com

GoDominique
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:22 PM
:zzz:

And it was Dias in Paris.

SerenaSlam
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:25 PM
ths actually was a nice article. even though we have heard this time and time again, they didn't go "overboard" here:)

volta
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:26 PM
i still donīt know why chair umpiries canīt use the animation o see if the ball is in or out.

veryborednow
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:33 PM
Because the animation isn't 100 % accurate.

volta
Sep 13th, 2004, 07:40 PM
Because the animation isn't 100 % accurate.
well they are more accurate then some umpires they need something to help them out now cuz Tennis ainīt the same anymore itīs 2 dam quiker now.

SHAME ON YOU doing that thing to my girl Mariana :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

tennischick
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:08 PM
i like the fact that the media is continuing to give this attentio. perhaps linesmen/women and umpires will be more careful in the future.

vettipooh
Sep 13th, 2004, 10:44 PM
i like the fact that the media is continuing to give this attentio. perhaps linesmen/women and umpires will be more careful in the future. You are so right. This is a wake up call for all umpires. I bet you there will be no more incidents, when the sisters are playing. Umpires will be on their p's and q's.

bandabou
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:04 PM
Itīs good, because itīs a wake-up call...and specially now with the sisters, the linesmen are gonna be more alert.

Amorc
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:11 PM
Itīs good, because itīs a wake-up call...and specially now with the sisters, the linesmen are gonna be more alert

You mean "ecspecially for the sisters" now, because all the umpires are going to be afraid to overule against them for fear of being labelled as racist. I guess Richard isnt so dumb after all as he was probably aiming for preferential treatment for his girls in the future.

bandabou
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:17 PM
You mean "ecspecially for the sisters" now, because all the umpires are going to be afraid to overule against them for fear of being labelled as racist. I guess Richard isnt so dumb after all as he was probably aiming for preferential treatment for his girls in the future.

Donīt know about rascism....but I mean, come on. Awarding an extra point to an opponent/ losing track of the score in a tie-break and then overruling a ball like that in the Serena match and then at least THREE bad calls in ONE game against ONE player. Sorry, those are unforgivable mistakes.

vettipooh
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:20 PM
You mean "ecspecially for the sisters" now, because all the umpires are going to be afraid to overule against them for fear of being labelled as racist. I guess Richard isnt so dumb after all as he was probably aiming for preferential treatment for his girls in the future. That's a low blow!! How low can you go???:rolleyes:

ys
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:31 PM
You mean "ecspecially for the sisters" now, because all the umpires are going to be afraid to overule against them for fear of being labelled as racist. I guess Richard isnt so dumb after all as he was probably aiming for preferential treatment for his girls in the future.
But there is also another side.. A lot of umpires and linesmen are getting bullied by certain players and their supporting crowds.. And they are only human.. It is no secret that JC is a shameless bully.. What I would do.. I would disqualify on the spot any player who would try to speak to umpire in any manner that could be interpreted as disrespectful. Yes, it would be a huge disappointment for a crowd and tournament if the match would be stopped and defaulted at the very beginning.. But it would work wonders long-term. That would require some guts though..

Cam'ron Giles
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:31 PM
You mean "ecspecially for the sisters" now, because all the umpires are going to be afraid to overule against them for fear of being labelled as racist. I guess Richard isnt so dumb after all as he was probably aiming for preferential treatment for his girls in the future.
But of course...He set the whole thing up...Wimbledon, US Open...:rolleyes:

Amorc
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:35 PM
That's a low blow!! How low can you go???

Quite low in fact, but if people wanna scream racism all the time at least accept that on occasion it works for them. Serena & Venus are definately less likely to get overules go against them as a result of the media and Richard telling everyone that Alves is secretly a member of the KKK because she got a call wrong. Youve got to admit that if Alves ever umpires another match involving Serena or Venus even if she is 200% sure that a ball they hit is out no way would she dare call it.

Pureracket
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:35 PM
But of course...He set the whole thing up...Wimbledon, US Open...:rolleyes::lol: Nice.:lol:

Amorc
Sep 13th, 2004, 11:49 PM
But of course...He set the whole thing up...Wimbledon, US Open...:rolleyes:

Obviously not but that doesnt stop him from taking advantage of the situation. :rolleyes:

bandabou
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:17 AM
Quite low in fact, but if people wanna scream racism all the time at least accept that on occasion it works for them. Serena & Venus are definately less likely to get overules go against them as a result of the media and Richard telling everyone that Alves is secretly a member of the KKK because she got a call wrong. Youve got to admit that if Alves ever umpires another match involving Serena or Venus even if she is 200% sure that a ball they hit is out no way would she dare call it.


Wanna bet the house on it?! whoīs she gonna be likelier to overrule for: Jennifer who will call her a f..king b..ch or Serena who at worst is gonna ask her: what the heck is going on?!

Amorc
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:35 AM
Wanna bet the house on it?! whoīs she gonna be likelier to overrule for: Jennifer who will call her a f..king b..ch or Serena who at worst is gonna ask her: what the heck is going on?!

By far and anyway she would rather overule against Jennifer, agreed Jennifer is far more likely to act like a little kid on court than Serena (who always handles herself well) but after a little tantrum from Jen that would be it, the papers may write a few words about how Jen got a bad call but then would be the end of it. Very little controversy, no one questioning (or telling her) that she is a racist, no fathers/coaches making speeches insinuating how you are puppet for the black hating USTA/WTA that has been hired to drive his daughters from the game. You better believe she would settle for the easy life and agree with whatever Serena wants her to.

bandabou
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:50 AM
By far and anyway she would rather overule against Jennifer, agreed Jennifer is far more likely to act like a little kid on court than Serena (who always handles herself well) but after a little tantrum from Jen that would be it, the papers may write a few words about how Jen got a bad call but then would be the end of it. Very little controversy, no one questioning (or telling her) that she is a racist, no fathers/coaches making speeches insinuating how you are puppet for the black hating USTA/WTA that has been hired to drive his daughters from the game. You better believe she would settle for the easy life and agree with whatever Serena wants her to.

Really think so?! There was controvercy after Wimbledon too and guess who got screwed again by an umpire?!

Cam'ron Giles
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:54 AM
By far and anyway she would rather overule against Jennifer, agreed Jennifer is far more likely to act like a little kid on court than Serena (who always handles herself well) but after a little tantrum from Jen that would be it, the papers may write a few words about how Jen got a bad call but then would be the end of it. Very little controversy, no one questioning (or telling her) that she is a racist, no fathers/coaches making speeches insinuating how you are puppet for the black hating USTA/WTA that has been hired to drive his daughters from the game. You better believe she would settle for the easy life and agree with whatever Serena wants her to.
Dont you think you are being a tad bit unfair? After everything that has happened to these two girls, dont you think you should at least give them the benefit of the doubt?

Amorc
Sep 14th, 2004, 12:55 AM
Really think so?! There was controvercy after Wimbledon too and guess who got screwed again by an umpire?!

True, but I dont remember it being this bad after Wimbledon.

tennischick
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:30 AM
True, but I dont remember it being this bad after Wimbledon.what we're seeing now is a cumulative effect of a series of negative experiences.

Amorc
Sep 14th, 2004, 03:51 AM
Dont you think you are being a tad bit unfair? After everything that has happened to these two girls, dont you think you should at least give them the benefit of the doubt?

Dont get me wrong I'm not having a go at Serena or Venus, but it will still be harder for umpires to umpire their matches than any other players matches now due to Richard and the media. Serena and Venus are of course blameless.

dreamgoddess099
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:02 AM
Dont get me wrong I'm not having a go at Serena or Venus, but it will still be harder for umpires to umpire their matches than any other players matches now due to Richard and the media. Serena and Venus are of course blameless.So is Richard. He's not trying to scare umpires into calling everything good for his daughters, he just wants them to be more focused and stop calling good shots bad and fucking up the scores. Yes, he should use this opportunity to bring as much attention to the problem as possible because if he doesn't the same things will continue to happen. If that scares umpire into shape then so be it. Some of them need to learn the importance of not making careless mistakes.

chris whiteside
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:24 AM
What a great article. After a few days allowing the dust to settle, it's looked at the facts and made a balanced and non-hysterical analysis of what has happened. We posters mostly have strong views one way or the other but a neutral report such as this which obviously thinks something is going on with regard to the Williams should be taken seriously.

DeDe4925
Sep 14th, 2004, 04:42 PM
Quite low in fact, but if people wanna scream racism all the time at least accept that on occasion it works for them. Serena & Venus are definately less likely to get overules go against them as a result of the media and Richard telling everyone that Alves is secretly a member of the KKK because she got a call wrong. Youve got to admit that if Alves ever umpires another match involving Serena or Venus even if she is 200% sure that a ball they hit is out no way would she dare call it.
You're so full of shit, you stink. Understand this, not every accusation of racism is a cry wolf. Not every accusation of racism is a ploy to get preferential treatment. More often than not, it's true. But, people like you like to use what I call the "reverse race card" to deflect the notion that it may be racism. Black people don't want preferential treatment, we want fair treatment. What you fail to realize is that the playing field for us has been far from level and if you get your way, it will stay that way. This article helps others who are not as blind as you see the unfairness directed toward the sisters, whether it be because they are black or because they are successful and black. Probably the latter. Either way, it must stop. My question to you is, why do you exaggerate Mr. Williams reaction and underplay what the umpire did? :fiery:

bandabou
Sep 14th, 2004, 05:28 PM
Amorc, you should put yourself in Richardīs shoes....two of the WORST and most unexplainable umpiral mistakes EVER happen in matches regarding her daughters and BOTH times the decisions go AGAINST his daughters and in favor of white media darlings. Of course, heīs gonna cry rascism...that doesnīt mean heīs right, but you HAVE to admit that itīs highly unlikely that those mistakes would have gone against a Lindsay D, a Jennifer, a Maria, etc....

pav
Sep 15th, 2004, 09:28 AM
All this racism stirring really is a crock of shit when players belonging to the vast majority(a sort of whitish brown pink colour)are on the receiving end of some bad calls no one gives a fat rat's arse,except the player involved. Take the Dav. Bovina match, one ball at a crucial time in the first set by Dav. was out by more than the length of My dick, no one cares(only Bovo) even perfect Vera calmstorm dryeyes when playing Dav. at Aus Open on matchpoint Dav. ball wasn't called out. line judge immediately yelled correction ,ball was out, Ump called GSM Dav, nearly made Vera loose Her cool for once.Point is everyone and Their dog gets bad calls so why try to turn it into a great Willygate conspiracy. When I was six, five Boys got into trouble for lifting up Girl's dresses,I did it too, but got away with it, and the others never told on Me,did I feel guilty about it? hell no!did I feel grateful to those other naughty little buggers? hell no!always liked lifting up Girls dresses ever since!

bandabou
Sep 15th, 2004, 09:36 AM
All this racism stirring really is a crock of shit when players belonging to the vast majority(a sort of whitish brown pink colour)are on the receiving end of some bad calls no one gives a fat rat's arse,except the player involved. Take the Dav. Bovina match, one ball at a crucial time in the first set by Dav. was out by more than the length of My dick, no one cares(only Bovo) even perfect Vera calmstorm dryeyes when playing Dav. at Aus Open on matchpoint Dav. ball wasn't called out. line judge immediately yelled correction ,ball was out, Ump called GSM Dav, nearly made Vera loose Her cool for once.Point is everyone and Their dog gets bad calls so why try to turn it into a great Willygate conspiracy. When I was six, five Boys got into trouble for lifting up Girl's dresses,I did it too, but got away with it, and the others never told on Me,did I feel guilty about it? hell no!did I feel grateful to those other naughty little buggers? hell no!always liked lifting up Girls dresses ever since!


Youīre naughty....p.s.: There are bad calls and then are atrocities!! FOUR bad calls against ONE player in ONE game and the umpire awarding an extra point to an opponent in a tie-breaker?! Man, those arenīt just mistakes...

boggs570
Sep 15th, 2004, 11:31 AM
All this racism stirring really is a crock of shit when players belonging to the vast majority(a sort of whitish brown pink colour)are on the receiving end of some bad calls no one gives a fat rat's arse,except the player involved. Take the Dav. Bovina match, one ball at a crucial time in the first set by Dav. was out by more than the length of My dick, no one cares(only Bovo) even perfect Vera calmstorm dryeyes when playing Dav. at Aus Open on matchpoint Dav. ball wasn't called out. line judge immediately yelled correction ,ball was out, Ump called GSM Dav, nearly made Vera loose Her cool for once.Point is everyone and Their dog gets bad calls so why try to turn it into a great Willygate conspiracy. When I was six, five Boys got into trouble for lifting up Girl's dresses,I did it too, but got away with it, and the others never told on Me,did I feel guilty about it? hell no!did I feel grateful to those other naughty little buggers? hell no!always liked lifting up Girls dresses ever since!

The length of your dick which was about what....less than an 1/2 of inch.

teo_honey
Sep 15th, 2004, 12:08 PM
Man, this is a very one-sided article... I mean, you can definitely realize on which side the writer is. He expresses his personal opinion too clearly, like anyone would care... He can't do this! It's not his job to give his opinion, he has to present the facts, all the facts, not just the ones he likes!!

Amorc
Sep 15th, 2004, 06:21 PM
You're so full of shit, you stink. Understand this, not every accusation of racism is a cry wolf. Not every accusation of racism is a ploy to get preferential treatment. More often than not, it's true. But, people like you like to use what I call the "reverse race card" to deflect the notion that it may be racism. Black people don't want preferential treatment, we want fair treatment. What you fail to realize is that the playing field for us has been far from level and if you get your way, it will stay that way. This article helps others who are not as blind as you see the unfairness directed toward the sisters, whether it be because they are black or because they are successful and black. Probably the latter. Either way, it must stop. My question to you is, why do you exaggerate Mr. Williams reaction and underplay what the umpire did? :fiery:

Very eloquent opening. Understand this, not every accusation of racism is justified. In this case I strongly believe that there is no racism involved but I guess according to you Im not allowed to have that opinion. Where is all "this unfairness directed towards the sisters", as I can recall: one match at the US Open, one point at Wimbledon and the Henin match at the FO for which I would blame JHH and not the umpire, Im sure someone will enlighten me if I have forgotten an incident, if not then one controversial umpiring match against each player in seven years is not exactly cause for people (whether or not they are "as blind as me") to claim racism as the cause and then proceed to insult anyone that disagrees with them.
I think I'll refrain from trading insults and pointless bad rep messages. :rolleyes:

lizchris
Sep 15th, 2004, 07:43 PM
Man, this is a very one-sided article... I mean, you can definitely realize on which side the writer is. He expresses his personal opinion too clearly, like anyone would care... He can't do this! It's not his job to give his opinion, he has to present the facts, all the facts, not just the ones he likes!!

If he is a columnist, he IS paid to give his opinion.

DeDe4925
Sep 16th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Very eloquent opening. Understand this, not every accusation of racism is justified. In this case I strongly believe that there is no racism involved but I guess according to you Im not allowed to have that opinion. Where is all "this unfairness directed towards the sisters", as I can recall: one match at the US Open, one point at Wimbledon and the Henin match at the FO for which I would blame JHH and not the umpire, Im sure someone will enlighten me if I have forgotten an incident, if not then one controversial umpiring match against each player in seven years is not exactly cause for people (whether or not they are "as blind as me") to claim racism as the cause and then proceed to insult anyone that disagrees with them.
I think I'll refrain from trading insults and pointless bad rep messages. :rolleyes:
Thank you for the compliment. ;) It wasn't intended as an insult, but my opinion of your opinion. I never said every accusation of racism was justified, but more often than not, it is. You can have an opinion, but your opinion seems more subjective than objective. You've pointed out "one match" which was really four points at the US Open, one point at Wimby and one point at the FO. That's four times against one player in one match and six times all together in the last two years. You tell me how many more times will justify an accusation of racism?

bandabou
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Very eloquent opening. Understand this, not every accusation of racism is justified. In this case I strongly believe that there is no racism involved but I guess according to you Im not allowed to have that opinion. Where is all "this unfairness directed towards the sisters", as I can recall: one match at the US Open, one point at Wimbledon and the Henin match at the FO for which I would blame JHH and not the umpire, Im sure someone will enlighten me if I have forgotten an incident, if not then one controversial umpiring match against each player in seven years is not exactly cause for people (whether or not they are "as blind as me") to claim racism as the cause and then proceed to insult anyone that disagrees with them.
I think I'll refrain from trading insults and pointless bad rep messages. :rolleyes:

You do have a point, but sometimes I guess the nature of those errors: Iīm willing to bet that those calls in the Serena match wouldnīt have happen in any other match and against any other player, makes people wonder...but youīre right: rascism ainīt the (only) cause.

harloo
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:06 PM
Good article. I am not sure what motivated the chair to make those calls against Serena, but I don't believe it was a coincidence what happened in that match. Now while it may not be racism, it may be prejudice or bias, or the possibility of someone paying her off is a possible scenario also.

I have never seen a match of this importance at the US Open officiated so badly, and I do not believe that those mistakes on crucial points were just poor judgement.:rolleyes: ;)

sartrista7
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:13 PM
two of the WORST and most unexplainable umpiral mistakes EVER happen in matches

You really believe that?

Horrid umpiring happens all the time at every level of tournament. When it happens to big names in Grand Slams, it just gets more media coverage. Does anyone seriously believe that Venus and Serena are the players most affected by it?

RVD
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:16 PM
There is definitely a way out of this that may not have been considered. Unless I've missed it somehow. :)

Have the best umpires officiate high profile matches. Seems simple to me.

In regard to racism as a possible reason for this, it's easier for those of us who've been under the gun of abhorrent discrimination to claim it, but very difficult to prove. That is the main crutch of this 'action'.
However, it certainly doesn't discount the likelihood that it is a possible reason. Understand that I'm not one to quickly claim such a thing, unless I have unmitigated proof.

Still, the fact that Serena and Venus have both experienced two of the worst calls in two of the highest profiled tournaments in the tennis world, must give pause to even the most wary of the folks who say racism doesn't exist. If not racism, then what were the reasons in the case of Wimbledon and the US Open?

Remember though, to say that it happened before to others doesn't explain these 'actions' away. It's simply an easy way out. But the real question is, "Why is it happening at all?"

Let's consider the fact that MILLIONS around the world tune in to watch these two tournys, and tens of millions of dollars exchanged hands for the enjoyment of prime entertainment. Then TWICE, you the fan, are cheated out of a quality match by bad calls against two of the best players of the game. Something is very wrong. :confused:
What ever that something is, it had better get fixed FAST because tons of money will be lost if the WTA, USTA, & ITF doesn't get a handle on ALL of this bad officiating.

Incidently, this is a GREAT article! And something needs to be done about Alves. Why reward someone for a job poorly done? And if there is no reprimand, then it sends a clear message to other umps and lines persons as well.

sartrista7
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:21 PM
There is definitely a way out of this that may not have been considered. Unless I've missed it somehow. :)

Have the best umpires officiate high profile matches. Seems simple to me.

There's a reason why this didn't happen at the US Open... read the article in this thread: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=133199

Thirty to 35 chair umpires work at a Grand Slam, nearly all of them at "bronze-badge" level or higher. Without a full complement of top-ranked umpires, tournament officials may have used lesser-ranked umpires in marquee matches. Though it's not out of the ordinary for silver-badge officials to work the later rounds in the singles bracket, an examination of tournament records shows that Alves worked show-court matches on five consecutive days, with the Capriati-Williams match being the last one.

She umpired the Francesca Schiavone-Angela Haynes match on Sept. 3, the Mary Pierce-Maria Sharapova match Sept. 4, the Elena Dementieva-Vera Zvonareva tilt on Sunday and the Justine Henin-Hardenne-Nadia Petrova match on Monday.

"That's very unusual," one umpire who requested anonymity said. "Even working back-to-back days on a show court is unusual."

...

Alves is an experienced official from Portugal, but several officials said she likely would not have been assigned such a high-profile matchup if higher-ranked umpires had been available.

"She was in over her head," one umpire said. "There's no way she would have been doing that match if (the dismissed umpires) were still working."

DeDe4925
Sep 16th, 2004, 07:22 PM
There is definitely a way out of this that may not have been considered. Unless I've missed it somehow. :)

Have the best umpires officiate high profile matches. Seems simple to me.

In regard to racism as a possible reason for this, it's easier for those of us who've been under the gun of abhorrent discrimination to claim it, but very difficult to prove. That is the main crutch of this 'action'.
However, it certainly doesn't discount the likelihood that it is a possible reason. Understand that I'm not one to quickly claim such a thing, unless I have unmitigated proof.

Still, the fact that Serena and Venus have both experienced two of the worst calls in two of the highest profiled tournaments in the tennis world, must give pause to even the most wary of the folks who say racism doesn't exist. If not racism, then what were the reasons in the case of Wimbledon and the US Open?

Remember though, to say that it happened before to others doesn't explain these 'actions' away. It's simply an easy way out. But the real question is, "Why is it happening at all?"

Let's consider the fact that MILLIONS around the world tune in to watch these two tournys, and tens of millions of dollars exchanged hands for the enjoyment of prime entertainment. Then TWICE, you the fan, are cheated out of a quality match by bad calls against two of the best players of the game. Something is very wrong. :confused:
What ever that something is, it had better get fixed FAST because tons of money will be lost if the WTA, USTA, & ITF doesn't get a handle on ALL of this bad officiating.

Incidently, this is a GREAT article! And something needs to be done about Alves. Why reward someone for a job poorly done? And if there is no reprimand, then it sends a clear message to other umps and lines persons as well.
Seems I've give you too many good reps. Great post, once again.
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