Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:28 AM
playing till past 2 am!!!! Talk about the worst
schedule in the US OPEN 2002. They just mentioned
it on CNN International; it's a all the late-night record.
I really feel for the players who aren't stars or pet
favorites of tour organizers.
Poor Younes has to play Hewitt next. Will he
be able to recover after playing a 4 setter with
3 tiebreakers past 2 am?
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:33 AM
They both could have refused to play but I expect they both wanted to get it over with. It isn't anybody's fault. Remember, there was rain all day long.
Did those players complain or it is just you doing the complaining?
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:37 AM
Well...we don't know for sure if they had a choice.
They were on court number 4, and aren't big stars
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:42 AM
look at it from the other side
the bad side of being famous
do you think that Venus;Chanda;Monica and Martina are happy to have to wait another day to play their matches?
maybe and maybe not
2 of these players will have to compete 2/3 days in a row - which may well have an impact on their perforamance in the next rounds.
like esselewis said they may have chosen to play and get it out of the way
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:47 AM
Why bring up the stars? I'm talking about the
simple fact that it was past 2 am. Tennis players
usually sleep early before a match.
I'm not trying to argue here. I'm just saying that
out of a bad situation like a rain delay, some players
get the short end of the stick.
Sep 3rd, 2002, 10:53 AM
i'd rather wait a day and play consecutive days than play til 2am. that must screw things up for them a little.
Sep 3rd, 2002, 11:51 AM
I think its the best to play late at night. Anyways, go Younes, slay Hewitt! :D:bounce:
Sep 3rd, 2002, 12:24 PM
Why bring up the stars?
maybe because, if they were not stars they would have played night matches too:rolleyes:
Tennis players usually sleep early before a match
sure they do (i'll take your word for it) but they are also used to travelling to many different countries (and the ther time zones) -not to mention the flight time en route - that does wonders for their internal clocks anyway, they are probably more able to cope with changing sleeping patterns than non-travellers.
Some players get the short end of the stick.
which is the point of my initial post - is it actually the short end of the stick?
well i don't think either you or me know that - would they have perferred to wait or play???
maybe you should be saying ' some FANS get the short end of the stick' seeing as you missed watching a match that interested you:angel:
Sep 3rd, 2002, 03:07 PM
I actually went to the match. I don't know why they couldn't have started play before 11:15. It was a bit crazy. Younes didn't seem to mind. He's so weird and intense. I'm sure they had to get the men's third round matches over with before they played the fourthround. I guess they could have put them on a tiny outside court, but this was the first court available that was decently sized. First they had to play the women's matches, Coria-Clement, Henman-Chela, Sargisian-Schalken, etc.. So I'm not sure they had any chase and I'll bet the boys preferred playing rather than waiting till the day. Wayne seemed grumpy, had a sore arm, still made some fantastic shots. It was a fun atmosphere. The stadium was packed with the real hard-core tennis addicts, of all ages, races and varieties. There was a huge contingent of Moroccan fans, dressed in red, waving Moroccan flags and chanting with undimmed energy until the end of the night.
Sep 3rd, 2002, 08:47 PM
I found it a little appalling too, though I a curious if they wanted to keep playing or not :confused:
Sep 4th, 2002, 10:49 AM
well here's what one the stars who got shunted to the next day had to say:
Q. How difficult has the bad weather made it for you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not difficult at all. I would have loved to have played yesterday. I don't know why they canceled my match. That's how it happens.