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Droolv
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:10 PM
Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua has blasted Olympic officials for lacking common sense after she was forced into stripping down to her sports bra in front of thousand of fans in Beijing.

Dellacqua was furious after Iranian chair umpire Ali Katebi and then tournament supervisor Donna Kelso, a fellow Australian, refused to allow her to change her sweat-soaked shirt discretely without having to take a toilet break during her second-round loss to Victoria Azarenka.

"In this humidity, you should be able to change your shirt," Dellacqua said.

"I could literally feel water dripping down my legs.

"Obviously the rule is take a bathroom break, but I didn't need a bathroom break.

"Last night (in the first round), I just went around the back of the fence to change my shirt because we're playing in 100 per cent humidity and you play three games and you're sweating.

"But he wouldn't let me go off the court ...so I just thought 'oh, I'll strip'."

Dellacqua said she found it impossible to play with "sweat dripping down my leg" and urged officials to rethink the rules.

"For guys, it's okay because you can sit there and you can take your shirt off," she said.

"But for girls, you've got to be a little bit lenient. Bathroom breaks just slow the play down.

"It's horrible. I hate it when girls just take bathroom breaks for the sake of taking it, so I didn't want to do that."

Echoing the thoughts of most players, Dellacqua said the conditions in Beijing were easily the most humid she had ever experienced.

"That's the thing when we first got here that was the hardest to adapt to, the humidity," the West Australian said.

http://au.sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news/article/-/4889274/stosur-overpowered-serena-williams

Droolv
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:11 PM
And this as well :rolleyes:

7.04pm: Shock horror, a player took her shirt off on court! It wasn't a protest, and there was an underlayer to maintain a sense of decorum, but Australia's Casey Dellacqua found herself unable to leave the court to change a dripping shirt in her match against Victoria Azarenka. She says she asked the umpire, Ali Katebi, if she could go of court to change, but he said it wasn't allowed. She says then then asked him if she could just go behind a fence, but he refused again. So she changed it on court. Back in the 1980s, the American player Barbara Potter insisted on changing her shirt on court at Wimbledon, so whenever she wanted to do so, she had to notify the ball kids, who formed a group of four to hold up towels so the public didn't see the shirtless lady.

http://www.itftennis.com/olympics/news/gamewatch.asp?articleid=19117

Sam L
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:12 PM
Sveta changed her shirt on court at the Australian Open. I don't know how because she did it so quickly and no one even saw it.

tennnisfannn
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:26 PM
Dear Casey, you do not heart these fellow Olympians complaining do you?
http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:B4sZ1j03NHgWEM:http://images.beijing2008.cn/20070818/Img214132625.jpg (http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://images.beijing2008.cn/20070818/Img214132625.jpg&imgrefurl=http://en.beijing2008.cn/news/sports/headlines/beachvolleyball/n214132624.shtml&h=416&w=300&sz=38&hl=en&start=26&um=1&tbnid=B4sZ1j03NHgWEM:&tbnh=125&tbnw=90&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbeach%2Bvolley%2Bball%2Bbeijing%26sta rt%3D18%26ndsp%3D18%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4 HPAA_enAU224AU224%26sa%3DN)

Elwin.
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:28 PM
She shouldn't make that of a big deal about it :shrug:

TS
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:30 PM
It's probably a little more traumatic for someone like Casey, as she's had body image issues in the past. I can't imagine she'd be feeling very comfortable in stripping down do her underwear in front of spectators.

aussie_fan
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:29 PM
It's probably a little more traumatic for someone like Casey, as she's had body image issues in the past. I can't imagine she'd be feeling very comfortable in stripping down do her underwear in front of spectators.

exactly, different women will feel differently about this, and if they ened to quickly go and change their shirt they should be able to.

Barbarela
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:31 PM
She's right!

MisterMan
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:17 PM
It's a freakin' sports bra. In other words, a bikini top.
It's not like her tits were bouncing in front of the audience.

Adal
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:17 PM
:hehehe:

WF4EVER
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:26 PM
I see nothing wrong with what the officials did. take a toilet break and change your damn shirt instead of making abig deal out of it. If theye had told her she couldn't take a toilet break I could understand.

Obviously her body image issues aren't that big a deal if she changed right there without opting for the privacy of using the bathroom break.

Much ado about nothing. As usual.

young_gunner913
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:29 PM
I see nothing wrong with what the officials did. take a toilet break and change your damn shirt instead of making abig deal out of it. If theye had told her she couldn't take a toilet break I could understand.

Obviously her body image issues aren't that big a deal if she changed right there without opting for the privacy of using the bathroom break.

Totally agree. :worship:

FoxyliciousKhat
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:58 PM
If Casey did not feel comfortable changing on court then people should understand. I think she should have been allowed some privacy the change her top.

Foxy

Julian
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:08 PM
lol just take the damn bathroom break

harloo
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:11 PM
I think the Olympic officials should create a new rule. Every WTA player should change their shirts on court. But the rule of thumb is they must be wear a push up bra, no sagging allowed.:drool:;)

harloo
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:18 PM
lol just take the damn bathroom break

:lol: It's that simple. Of all the things to complain about in Beijing this girl is flipping out over having to change her shirt in front of people? If she wanted privacy she should have taken the bathroom break. It's not that serious.:lol:

*Jean*
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:25 PM
Funny story :D

I think nobody wanted to see the body of Casey, that's all :scared:

debopero
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:28 PM
No big deal really :shrug: . She was wearing a sports bra so it is not as if everybody in the crowd saw "anything". However it obviously bothered her so I guess saying that it is not a big deal is kind of rude...

RenaSlam.
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:32 PM
DivaForNoReasonCasey :spit:

Adaora
Aug 12th, 2008, 04:00 PM
Did I misread something here? She was told she could take and bathroom break and she refused? so why exactly is she complaining?
I swear some of these kids make you wanna smack them:(

FoxyliciousKhat
Aug 12th, 2008, 04:50 PM
OOOH I'm sorry I did not realise she was allowed to take the bathroom break, I thought she was not. Well then I guess she has no argument. Take the break and change my dear if it's that important to you.

Foxy

Harvs
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:48 PM
casey has said she didnt want to take a bathroom break because its cheating... u shouldnt take bathroom breaks and stop play unless you actually need to go... so many players do this and its cheating and wrong.

she wanted like 10 seconds to change a top, she should have been granted it, stupid.

Bayo
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:24 PM
This line caught my eye in a second article:

"So I just thought 'I'll just strip'," said Dellacqua, acting on the suggestion of teammate Rennae Stubbs.


http://www.mymp4clips.com/images/glen_quagmire.jpg

Craig.
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:29 PM
If she got to change her shirt, why make such a big deal out of it?

DutchieGirl
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:55 AM
If she got to change her shirt, why make such a big deal out of it?
The point is, she didn't want to change the shirt IN FRONT OF everyone, but unless she took a toilet break (which would take much longer, and waste time, which she didn't want to do) she had to change in front of everyone. Even when she asked to go behind a fence that would take a few seconds. Seems silly.

I remember at AO quallies one year, Vanessa Webb wanted to change her shirt, and asked for a toilet break to do so, and was refused, so she asked could she c hange in the buses next to the court and was allowed. :weirdo: WTF? :lol:

edificio
Aug 13th, 2008, 03:56 AM
She needed to just take the bathroom break. Why be idealistic about bathroom usage etiquette when she needed the opportunity to change her shirt. I wouldn't want to change my shirt in front of the crowd either (imagine if her outfit was a dress), but she made it worse for herself by not just taking the offered bathroom break.

darrinbaker00
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:06 AM
Dear Casey:

Being granted a 10-minute bathroom break doesn't mean you must take the whole 10 minutes. Is that really too difficult to understand?

Sincerely,
Berkeley's #1 Knucklehead

drake3781
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:53 AM
Bathroom break changes the momentum of the match. Also you can freeze up your muscles. She didn't want that break.

Choice was narrowed to change in front of a big crowd or wear a soaking wet shirt.

She wanted a small concession, change near the big crowd but just out of sight.

This is a tough call, and I'd have to think about what decision I would make if it were my call.

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If I were the player, I would change in my chair, discreetly; maybe have the ballkid hold the umbrella to block the view from at least some of the spectators.