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Really mean-spirited article about Jennifer

This article makes me want to throw up. This is the biggest load of trash I've ever read. I'm gonna give him a piece of my mind and let him know about a certain bad linecall that could have cost Jen a match against Serena. This guy is nuts if he thinks Jen was to blame for the bad call.

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This stupid man is such a piece of trash!!
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His email address is at the bottom of the page. I just sent him a long one. I hope more people write to him. He was totally out of line.
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OMG what an asshole!!!
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What a bunch of bullshit!!!!! He is an ass and always an ass. That doesn't even make sense what he said. It definately is not Jen's fault and no other player in this world would have done something different than Jen. Damn he is an ass!
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This is the email that I sent him:

Dear Mr. Bickley,

I am writing in response to your article, "Capriati loses honor in win." In your column, you claim that Capriati should be held accountable for the mistakes that the umpire and linespeople made. Do you honestly believe that any player, Serena Williams included, would have conceded the point had they been in Capriati’s postition?

I guess you think the New England Patriots should surrender their 2002 Super Bowl title, since it was a horrendous call that kept them alive in their game against the Oakland Raiders. You must also believe Brett Hull should have told the referees that his skate was in the crease for his Stanley Cup winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres in 1999. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful sportsmanship, if Hull had demanded the game continue instead of allow his team to celebrate their Stanley Cup win? And Jerry Rice should have told the referees that his knee was not down before he fumbled the ball in the memorable 1999 playoff game against the Packers, right?

Futhermore, I think you should know that when Capriati beat Williams in the French Open quarterfinals this year, she had to overcome a call could have been much more costly. On match point, Capriati hit a winner off the baseline and started celebrating her win, when the linesperson called the ball long. It was overruled by the chair umpire and the point was played again. Even though Capriati should have already won the match, play continued. Did Williams tell the chair umpire that there was a mark in the clay to prove Capriati should have won? No. She actually screamed that the linesperson had called it out and was happy to continued playing. Now had Capriati gone on to lose the match, she would have been the one who was robbed.

Williams' bad call came in the first game of the last set and as a six-time Grand Slam champion, should have been able to recover from that point. Human error is a part of sports and no athlete should be responsible for officiating.

Your comment that "once, she was a tennis sweetheart. Now, she's nothing but scar tissue and cold ambition," is out of line and mean-spirited. So too was your comment that Capriati skipped the Olympics to make a few bucks. Are you aware that Capriati also withdrew from tournaments in San Diego (which is much more lucrative than the event in New Haven) and in Los Angeles during the summer? Considering how the Olympic medalists faired at the US Open, Capriati's decision makes a lot of sense. And don't forget that Williams withdrew from the Olympics AFTER Capriati did.

Your article was completely unfair to Jennifer Capriati. She deserved to win that match and played with a lot of guts and heart, just as she did in her semifinal loss to Elena Dementieva. Her slice backhand was incredible as was her movement. It was Capriati, not the linespeople that cost Williams the match.

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What a bunch of bullshit!!!!! He is an ass and always an ass. That doesn't even make sense what he said. It definately is not Jen's fault and no other player in this world would have done something different than Jen. Damn he is an ass!
You're right. Ai Sugiyama was asked if she would have given Serena the point had she been in that situation and she said no and it's not her job to call the lines.
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JennyS, ur email is good!
ppl should not be allowed to be so mean! it is not cos u r in the public eye that u have to take all sorts of trash.
go jen prove all these ppl wrong! i know u can reach the stars again u r the best
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Great email! That guy is such a prat and he obviously does not have a clue. Loads of people blame Jen for the call which is pathetic, it was the umpire's job not Jen's.
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I'm glad you guys liked my email.
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What a bunch of bullshit!!!!! He is an ass and always an ass. That doesn't even make sense what he said. It definately is not Jen's fault and no other player in this world would have done something different than Jen. Damn he is an ass!
I remember a match a long time ago where Jen did get a call in favor of her changed. One of the lines persons called the ball out but Jen said to the chair it was in, giving the point to the other player. I also remember the commentators response to what Jen did, He said she will learn not to do that again!

Now does anyone remember another player ever doing that! It is not Jens job to make line calls!
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There was a really bad call in today's final that Lleyton did not give to Roger.
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I've sent an e-mail to this idiot, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
His article was totally wrong and unfair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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