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Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

That was a shitshow. Pierce dragged her boring speech for almost half an hour despite the fact that the organizers told her multiple times that she was taking too long. When it was Li Na's turn to talk, she only had five minutes.
Ok Mary, we get it. You had an abusive father, but while you were going on and on about it, you were also taking time away from your fellow inductees.
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

I doubt Li's english would be good enough to go any longer than that.
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Well, this is Peak Pierce after all. Nothing one can do.
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Tbh Li isn't that great with her English. Love her interviews but I don't think she'd cover 10 minutes. Pierce took too long though.
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Why would there be any time contraints?

Let them talk as long as they want.

Where was this televised live anyway? Are you telling me Tennis Channel had to go to a re-run of Zina Garrison vs. Judith Wiesner 3rd round of the 1993 San Diego Open or something?

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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Didn't Pierce join a cult in some African island or something?
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

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Why would there be any time contraints?

Let them talk as long as they want.

Where was this televised live anyway? Are you telling me Tennis Channel had to go to a re-run of Zina Garrison vs. Judith Wiesner 3rd round of the 1993 San Diego Open or something?

Uh there's a FINAL to play......
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Well Pierce has always been a diva queen that's why many people don't like her.
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Didn't see this -- where are the clips?
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Mary has never really cared much for deadlines. I remember once she turned up 15 minutes late for her 1st round match at Wimbledon, took forever laying out the towels on her chair so they were just right and posed for a while before finally starting the warm-up. And then lost in short time
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Uh there's a FINAL to play......
A final? Oh this is attached to some ATP MM tournament. Well who knew.

God forbid John Isner has to wait an extra 30 minutes, when they had to change the rules of tennis to get his boring a** off the court.

So it´s basically their own fault for scheduling this at a stupid time. I can´t remember the NBA or the NFL hold their HOF induction ceremony before the SB or NBA finals, because you know, old folks like to ramble.

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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Mary always took her time and as many have said Li Na probably was happy to speak in english for only 5 minutes.

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Mary always took her time and as many have said Li Na probably was happy to speak in english for only 5 minutes.
Nick Bollettieri introduced Pierce with a long speech that lasted about 15 minutes. Then Mary talked for 30 minutes about her abusive father and how Jesus saved her life. Besides the fact that the whole thing felt like a boring family drama with religious connotations rather than a celebration of tennis, how is it appropriate that an inductee is taking 45 minutes when the entire ceremony is supposed to last an hour?
At that point, Kafelnikov and Li Na had only 15 minutes combined. In my opinion, the most disrespectful part was when the organizers told Pierce that she was taking too much time and she simply didn't care. She kept going on and on with her drama.
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

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Didn't Pierce join a cult in some African island or something?

Gave her life to Jesus and stuff?
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Re: Hall of Fame fiasco: Pierce given 30 minutes to talk, while Li Na had only 5

Peak Pierce!!
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