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ASV
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:20 PM
The US Open, USTA, and tournament directors are Anti-Semitic for making Pete Sampras play a morning, 12 o'clock start match.

Sampras, a Greek Jew, should have at least gotten to play the later match so then, if he wanted to, he could attend services for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

My family was outraged at this, as well as many other tennis fans in synogague today. Even our rabbi mentioned it during his sermon :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Dawn Marie
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:24 PM
OMG, I am just pissed at Pete and Andre for making it another ALL AMERICAN FINAL!

BORING.. YAWN

Not these two again? lol

ASV
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:25 PM
Originally posted by Dawn Marie
OMG, I am just pissed at Pete and Andre for making it another ALL AMERICAN FINAL!

BORING.. YAWN

Not these two again? lol

um, maybe you should re read the topic

Mikey
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:29 PM
lol

yes, i agree. i think it was a little inconsiderate for them to play on rosh hashanah anyway, but even still, there making pete play twice (yes, twice!) on rosh hashanah! it still does go on tomorrow in case you didn't know. i dont think they're anti-semitic for this, i mean it is the same time every year, but come on - you think that might do something about it.

Dahveed
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by ASV
Sampras, a Greek Jew, should have at least gotten to play the later match so then, if he wanted to, he could attend services for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.


The question is, did he want to?

Dawn Marie
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:30 PM
Pete knew all this coming in the Open, if he feels that his religion is that important to him, then he should just not play.

Nimi
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:31 PM
Wha? Sorry Scotti, i dont get what the fuss is about, thats the way Super-Saturday always goes, two men's semis, the exhibithion, & the women's final. They usualy put the more interesting matches later & Andre/Lleyton's was more interesting.

Nimi
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:33 PM
Besides, Pete is not a jew i think. Is he? :eek:

petition
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:38 PM
Sampras is Greek Orthodox, but he doesn't adhere to his faith (excuse the pun) religiously. He says so in a 2000 interview with Tennis Magazine.

Penne1
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:38 PM
OMG

What next???

Sampras has NEVER made any comment about his religious beliefs during his entire career - if her really had a problem with it and I DOUBT he did, he is Pete Sampras - he could have said something!

What a silly thing to complain about - what's next huh?

Michael Chang is VERY religious yet he never had a problem playing Grand Slam finals on a Sunday......the only athlete who I know has sacrificed because of religious beliefs is Jonothan Edwards, the british triple jumper.

Nimi
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:40 PM
Ya Scott this is a bit weird... I dont really care about traditions & stuff & im an Israeli jew...

griffin
Sep 7th, 2002, 10:42 PM
I thought you were going to give it to them for putting them women's semis on after the doubles matches - which meant that Jewish fans who wanted to be home before sundown would probably have to miss the end of the second semi.

Kiwi_Boy
Sep 8th, 2002, 12:21 AM
just because things dont go your way doesnt mean its done out of racisim,the worlds got enough problems as it is without you claiming racisim-i mean isnt it racist in its self your allegations?-just because the organisers may not be jews they are automaticaly racists? :rolleyes:

Monica_Rules
Sep 8th, 2002, 12:29 AM
I didn't even know Pete was a jew!

mboyle
Sep 8th, 2002, 12:50 AM
Originally posted by Mikey
lol

yes, i agree. i think it was a little inconsiderate for them to play on rosh hashanah anyway, but even still, there making pete play twice (yes, twice!) on rosh hashanah! it still does go on tomorrow in case you didn't know. i dont think they're anti-semitic for this, i mean it is the same time every year, but come on - you think that might do something about it.

So what. They played the Miami final on EASTER!!!!! The most celebrated holiday in the world. Tennis does not care about Religion, and I am sure that Pete isn't religious anyways. (Though I did not know that he was jewish) Gosh people today are given an inch and they take a mile. HOW IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD DID YOU COME UP WITH RACISM FOR THAT?????

mboyle
Sep 8th, 2002, 12:52 AM
Originally posted by petition
Sampras is Greek Orthodox, but he doesn't adhere to his faith (excuse the pun) religiously. He says so in a 2000 interview with Tennis Magazine.

That is what I figured. I had never heard of a greek jew. Most of them were converted soon after Jesus ascended into heaven.

Justin
Sep 8th, 2002, 01:07 AM
mboyle- I was going to make your point about Easter. IIRC, the two times Monica won Amelia Island, the final was on Easter Sunday- and the other rounds are played during Holy Week- the most sacred week of the Catholic faith- or during Passover. I don't think I have ever head anyone have the balls to say that the powers that be at Amelia Island were anti-Catholic or anti-Semitic. The US Open is a business- not a committee formed to give religious headache. I guess the Open was also being anti-religious when they gave a wild card to a Jew/Muslim dubs team.

Aylafr
Sep 8th, 2002, 01:13 AM
Don't fight the wrong battle, ASV. Tennis doesn't give a damn to religions whatsoever. Remember men play a Sunday, and in Catholic places, Sunday shouldn't be worked, so ... stop seeing bad everywhere. They are not going to adapt the schedule depending on every possible requirements ! And what about Agassi ? Doesn't he have to bottle-feed his baby ? Why accepting for one and not for the others ? Are tennis rules changed during Ramaddan ? Eastern ? ....

And are you so sure he's Jew AND practising ...

Besides, anti-semitic ... remember semitic is used for semite people, who are both Jews are Arabs. :)

Aylafr
Sep 8th, 2002, 01:15 AM
WHy is there always someone answering at the same time as me ;) Sorry Justin if I repeated anything you said :)

Justin
Sep 8th, 2002, 01:25 AM
That's OK. Nobody listens to me, anyway. ;)

ASV
Sep 8th, 2002, 04:03 AM
what I'm saying is that its inconsiderate that Pete had to play the first match, and they didn't give him the second for religious reasons....I'm not saying they should have altered the whole schedule, just put him on second so then he could go and attend services if he wanted to.

Zummi
Sep 8th, 2002, 07:27 AM
Sampras was raised Greek Orthodox (his father's mother was Jewish, but all his other grandparents are Greek Orthodox). He doesn't celebrate Rosh Hashanah.