View Full Version : Why did Serena and Venus commit so many footfaults during USO?

Miss Amor
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:11 PM
They hardly had any footfaults the whole year :confused:

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:12 PM
I remeber that O´Brien had 5 in one match! Poor Serena:rolleyes:

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:13 PM
did many other players get footfaults???? the only matches i watched with the sound on (and no other windows open) were vee, rena and francy. Did they just decide to crackdown on footfaulting at this tournament???

rena's staredown came from an unquestionable footfault that should definitely have been called. this one...i'm not so sure

they didn't tend to replay vee's too much, but she had a load more than rena

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:13 PM
I remeber that O´Brien had 5 in one match! Poor Serena:rolleyes:

didn't vee have 7???

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:14 PM
This is a fair point to be hoenst.

Maybe the line judges were taught to be less lenient on foot faults, and Serena and Venus just cut it fine. I don't know. But whether Serena did foot fault or not aside, her reaction was unnaceptable.

Miss Amor
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:14 PM
They had almost no footfaults the whole year and now they are making so many? I wonder whats wrong with both the sisters at the same time in the same tournament.

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:16 PM
The line judges were obviously told to pay more attention to it, the Williams Sisters were not the only ones to be called out.

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:16 PM
I wonder if lines people were asked to crack down on footfaults this summer. Many were called in Cincy. Maria got called for several in Toronto... I just wonder if the lines people in a training session were told... you know you've been allowing so many foot faults... you have to start calling those.
Although... at last year's USO when McHale got overcome by heat... she was starting serves with more than half her foot over the line and inside the court... and nothing was called.

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:16 PM
didn't vee have 7???

I was talking about Serena:p
I´m sure some people make the drama just because Serena´s yesterdays foot-fault

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:20 PM
I was talking about Serena:p
I´m sure some people make the drama just because Serena´s yesterdays foot-fault

this particular thread is about both sisters, not serena specifically

Sep 13th, 2009, 02:21 PM
I have not seen any conclusive footage of the footfault. The one that occurred before the staredown was a definite fault, her foot kind of double skipped. I have watched available tape of this fault and her foot was solid, but the shot was from behind. After looking I feel that call probably should not have been made. Has anyone seen a side shot?

Sep 13th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Underlying racism.

Sep 14th, 2009, 12:22 AM
I dont remember actually Venus/Serena footfaulting in Wimbledon...
even when Vee had her knee heavily wrapped

Sep 14th, 2009, 12:32 AM
:lol: The judges have been really bad this Open. In the Roger vs Novak match..chair umpire overruling clean aces, balls on the line called out.. it's just sad.

Sep 14th, 2009, 12:36 AM
Oh come on, let's just give the OP what he wants...

The judges are all racists!!!!

Sep 14th, 2009, 12:39 AM
Clearly racism. With Hawkeye here now, the line judges have to show off their racism in other ways!

Sep 14th, 2009, 12:40 AM
They hardly had any footfaults the whole year :confused:

This is a fair point I'd like to see looked into. Serena's outburst and fine is dealt with separately irrespective of whether the call was right or not.

Lots of questions I have: Like are they less lenient here than the rest of the tour? And what if a LJ thinks it is a foot fault but has a tiny bit of doubt? Also - can't we get hawkeye in on this so a player can challenge if they want. And the whole issue of foot faults on MP - I don't think there should be any unwritten rules that they don't or do get called. I think there should be written guidance on this. Maybe it should be something like - if there is any doubt at all it shouldn't be called. Otherwise it should be even on MP. But anyway whatever it is - write it down. It shouldn't be an unwriiten law not to call them.

Sep 14th, 2009, 12:44 AM
Venus did make some foot faults, and perhaps so did Serena. I do think the lines people were told to be on the lookout. I doubt there was any conspiracy against the sisters. However, this lineslady looked so pleased (so smug?) to have found a foot fault. I suppose that's like being a copyeditor and finding and correcting an error--justifies your job.

Sep 14th, 2009, 01:25 AM

Sep 14th, 2009, 01:34 AM
They had almost no footfaults the whole year and now they are making so many? I wonder whats wrong with both the sisters at the same time in the same tournament.

maybe ree and vee were getting a pass. of course they usually don't last long in most tournaments.

Sep 14th, 2009, 02:10 AM
all these foot faults out of the blue sound fishy to me.

Sep 14th, 2009, 02:13 AM
My theory about the double faults is Serena's new shoes. She has only double faulted in night matches with the new shoes.

Sep 14th, 2009, 02:15 AM
maybe because they were stepping in the service line as many times?...that or just pure hate. :shrug:

Sep 14th, 2009, 02:17 AM
i think the new shoes are bulkier when she steps to serve so she double faults.

Sep 14th, 2009, 02:41 AM
Underlying racism.


Sep 14th, 2009, 03:14 AM
Going forward, all it's takes is four cameras to solve this issue. One from each side focused on the servers feet. If the players want to use up a challenge on a foot fault call, let them. It's their responsibility to manage their challenges now. That doesn't change.

BUT .... if the line judge is WRONG on a foot fault call three times in match, they get replaced. Which ought to be the general rule. The linespersons are correct in excess of 99% of the time. If one of them is wrong three times in match, they are clearly having an off day.

NOTE: Four cameras and operators is a significant exspense. So I would limit this to the slams and Premier 2.5's.

But it's an easy fix.

Sep 14th, 2009, 03:38 AM
Definitely noticed a very large number throughout the tournament, men's and women's matches, compared to hardly ever hearing it called it seems...

Sep 14th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Why were there so many at this tournament POINT BLANK

Sep 14th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Noticeable,the WS foot faults were mainly highlighted on matches against Clijsters,leaves much more to be desired.
God is watching .

Sep 14th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Some have stated racism, but there was no racism involved at all.

Venus had so many double faults because on serve she was trying to compensate for her left injured knee and that was causing so many double faults. I think she had about 10 of them during this tournament, but she didn't go off, she just asked the line judge what foot it was so she could correct it.

I think Serena may have had about 3-4 foot faults and sometimes that happens. Those purple shoes made it even easier to see if her feet were touching the line.

Sep 15th, 2009, 12:28 AM
Only when they were playing Kim!After all those foot fault call Venus doublefaulted!.Go figure!

Sep 15th, 2009, 12:44 AM
They are racist.

Don't tell nobody though.