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Joachim1978
Dec 3rd, 2006, 08:24 PM
Which of the following events do you consider to be the most unsporting, unfair, rude, stupid or unacceptable. And what do you think the apporpriate punishment should have been:

* Martina Hingis crossing the net to dispute a line call during the French Open final in 1999, and then refusing to play on until the tournament referee was called after the call was not overturned.

* Justine Henin-Hardenne's refusal to admit to attempting to halt play vs. Serena Williams in the French Open semifinals in 2003.

* Maria Sharapova's "hand gestures/on cour coaching" throughout the US Open 2006, but especially in the final

* Maria Sharapova's own "hand incident" vs. Shahar Peer in Zurch 2006

* Jennifer Capriati's numerous four letter tirades against linespeople, the umpire and even the crowd during the Australian Open final in 2002.

* The "bump" and comments that followed by Venus Williams and Irina Spirlea during the US Open semifinals in 1997.

* Natasha Zvereva's gesture to the crowd after losing in doubles at Wimbledon to Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis (I can't remember which year, or who Zvereva's partner was)

* Jelena Jankovic's reaction and subsequent collapse of form after one of her serves was (correctly) called out during the US Open semifinal 2006 vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne.

* Patty Schnyder's refusal to shake hands with Conchita Martinez during the family circle cup (can't remember which year) after first offering her hand

*Martina Hingis referring to Amelie Mauresmo as "half a man" prior to their Australian Open final in 1999.

*Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic accusing each other of underhand tactics (serving too quickly, going for winner during the warmup) throughout 2006.

*Anastasia Myskina's refusal to play for Russia in the Fed Cup if Maria Sharapova was allowed on the team.

* Magdalena Maleeva ignoring a stabbed Monica Seles on the other side of the court during the Quarterfinals in Hamburg in 1993. Instead of going to assist her (like Vera Zvonareva would have done), she sat and ignored what was happening, waiting to be awarded the match by default.



For me, the most despicable action was Maleeva's in Hanburg, but she wasn't actually breaking any rules, so could not have been punished. It just showed what a selfish person she was at the time.

In my opinion, Maria Sharapova should have been penalised by warnings, followed by points and then default during the US Open. It was utterly amazing to me that she was allowed to get away with what she did.

Also, I think Jennifer Capriati should have at least received a warning for her behaviour during the AO final in 02.

How about you? Any other examples?

disco_rage
Dec 3rd, 2006, 08:32 PM
Get a grip!

Jeez... Capriati's swearing???? big deal like she is the only player to do so. Hello!

As for MALEEVA i havent seen the incident but i think maybe the young lass was in a bit of shock after seeing what happened?? if she actually saw what had happened!

James
Dec 3rd, 2006, 08:32 PM
I think the way you describe the actions of Maleeva during the stabbing incident are not really true. You are painting her as player that did not care and just wanted to win the match by default, where more likely she was completely shocked by the event too. She might have gone over to Seles, but not doing that does not make her into a bad player.

Joachim1978
Dec 3rd, 2006, 09:47 PM
The Maleeva incident - I am not saying she's a bad player or a bad person, and I am aware that she was very young at the time.

Still, the way she reacted was totally wrong. Monica still hasn't forgiven her. When you see someone lying down, bleeding and screaming - surely it's normal to see what's going on, even if you are competing against that person in a professional sport.

And Capriati swearing - normally I find it really funny, like Davenport when she misses a serve or something, it's so hilarious the way they cuss themselves.

but in the AO final in 02 she was screaming at people, and it was easily picked up by microphones. And it is against the rules, an audible obscenity should be pubished by a warning, followed by point penalties and default. Those are the rules in pro tennis, and all the players know that.

Ben.
Dec 3rd, 2006, 09:55 PM
Personally I don't think Maleeva was displaying any unsportswomanlike conduct when Seles got stabbed. She was in shock she was Maleeva for Christ's sake & was only very young at the time & didn't know what to do. Person who started this thread should be a bit more careful to what he's gonna say.

47eggs
Dec 3rd, 2006, 10:04 PM
this is a good idea for a thread

goldenlox
Dec 3rd, 2006, 10:42 PM
This is not true, and never was said

*Anastasia Myskina's refusal to play for Russia in the Fed Cup if Maria Sharapova was allowed on the team.

jenny161185
Dec 3rd, 2006, 10:52 PM
okay Im not just saying this because jens my fave but I dont see how that was unsportmanlike? I mean her and hingis were playing in absolutely searing heat which was almost impossible to sit through let alone play a grenad slam final in, so ofcourse she would have been fired up etc.

Id probably go for patty's but it was hilarious tv!

pengluv
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:29 PM
umm you need to add each time sharapova faced an opponent that gets injured how she just looks the other way and pretends like nothing happened, I remember her jus ignoring golovin and then smiled when anna gronefield twisted her ankle

!<blocparty>!
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:36 PM
Sharapova.
Henin.

But whatever, it's not like they crossed the net and smashed the shit out of their opponents knee. I play against cheaters all the time in my matches but you get on with the match... if you let them win they'll look bad, if you win they'll look 10 times worst. :cool:

Garvic
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:39 PM
What did Zvereva do at Wimbledon when she lost?

Dan23
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:42 PM
For me, the most despicable action was Maleeva's in Hanburg, but she wasn't actually breaking any rules, so could not have been punished. It just showed what a selfish person she was at the time.

In my opinion, Maria Sharapova should have been penalised by warnings, followed by points and then default during the US Open. It was utterly amazing to me that she was allowed to get away with what she did.

Also, I think Jennifer Capriati should have at least received a warning for her behaviour during the AO final in 02.

How about you? Any other examples?
Over dramatic or what?? :o


...and then smiled when anna gronefield twisted her anklegood one :unsure:

Wiggly
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:44 PM
Maleeva was probably s-h-o-c-k-e-d.

IceHock
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:47 PM
Hmmm... player on the other side gets stabbed by crazed maniac, stay on your side, far from maniac, or go over to the side of the maniac?

Greenout
Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:51 PM
* Natasha Zvereva's gesture to the crowd after losing in doubles at Wimbledon to Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis (I can't remember which year, or who Zvereva's partner was)




Are you a troll?

This is totally incorrect!~ :lol:


Natasha teamed up with Anna Kournikova in 2000. It was also the year that streaker ran on court in an early doubles match of theirs.

The gesture (a middle finger was raised) after existing in a doubles SF against Venus and Serena as a crowd tried to mob Natasha and Anna leaving the court for pics and autographs.

I remember this match because they were so mad, especially Natasha because the WS weren't even playing doubles type shot. All they did was go up to net and hit at them. It was an awful match Anna and Natasha kept on trying to not get slammed at. Anna kept on muttering in Russian, and they were simply running from getting balls hit at their faces -.

Slampova
Dec 4th, 2006, 12:23 AM
In my opinion, Maria Sharapova should have been penalised by warnings, followed by points and then default during the US Open. It was utterly amazing to me that she was allowed to get away with what she did.


Yeah, right :p Sorry to be blunt, but get a grip :bounce:

MyskinaManiac
Dec 4th, 2006, 12:54 AM
This is not true, and never was said

*Anastasia Myskina's refusal to play for Russia in the Fed Cup if Maria Sharapova was allowed on the team.

I have seen an interview when she did suggest not playing because of Maria and her father. I think this may have been after the 04 YEC.

MyskinaManiac
Dec 4th, 2006, 01:00 AM
Get a grip!

Jeez... Capriati's swearing???? big deal like she is the only player to do so. Hello!

As for MALEEVA i havent seen the incident but i think maybe the young lass was in a bit of shock after seeing what happened?? if she actually saw what had happened!

OK, Jen swearing occured at something like 2pm in the afternoon... this timeslot is usually reserved for childrens tv. It was heard so clearly that Im sure people would have complained to channel 7. And the swearing was totally inappropriate also, dropping the F bomb as means to join sentences. From the tape I've got, I think she even wanted lines people moved. Such a bitch she was that day. Understandable I guess, the court temp was over 42 degrees, I would be too.