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If the call was bullshit she should have challenged the call instead of reacting like a spoilt and foulmouthed brat. Bad calls are a fact of life...sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't. The argument here is not about whether the call was good or bad. The debate here is over how she reacted. Nobody was in a better position to call it than the line judge. Not anyone at home watching tv, not the commentators, maybe the umpire could have overruled but didn't. That's why they have a line judge. MW12 says the ones who make the most money should get special treatment. This sort of reasoning is dangerous and wrong. So how should the rules be re-written? That is probably what Serena was thinking when she got called...."How dare she call a foot fault on me? How much do you make a year, you lowly line-judge." Why limit it to rules in sports? Why not give special get out of jail free cards to the best paid sportspeople, maybe Michael Vick shouldn't have been sentenced to jail for dogfighting.
Rules are rules...if it had not been called it would have been unfair to Kim Clijsters. I also watched an interview on bloomberg with Nic Bolletieri who said he would not have called a foot fault at that juncture of the game and that the line judge had practically invited a tirade against her for doing so at that crucial point in the game. Maybe that's why Serena said what she did...when the person who is and has been responsible for churning out some of the best and brightest tennis talents have this sort of attitude, it is no wonder they behave this way...shame on you Serena and shame on you Nick.
posted by everet at 11:33 PM on September 13
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