Thursday, January 17, 2008

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I am as interested in tennis as much as I am interested in other sports. However, I like it when the big tennis match comes to Melbourne. What is it? One of four grand slam matches in the world? Wimbledon, Paris and in the US is it the weirdly named Flushing Meadow?

I doubt I will ever be sitting at Wimbledon eating strawberries and cream but it would be quite nice.

Unlike when other large events in Melbourne are on, such as Grand Prix and football final, there is a little bit of wefinement about tennis appreciaters. People generally dress sensibly and behave in a polite and respectful manner.

Well, they used to. Now the tennis player behaviour, the crowd behaviour and then general tone has deteriorated markedly in such a short time.

Tennis players grunting, challenging umpires, swearing and behaving in a non sporting manner.

As for the crowd, well, read about it here if you don't know already. Atrocious. Are we going to have soccer style riots at a tennis match? How did this come about? Why? Should the match go back to Kooyong and be played on grass?

4 comments:

  1. Andrew, It all sounds a million miles away from the quaint surroundings of the Queens Club Tennis Championships here in London each summer, what with the straw hats and Pimms and yes even the Stella Artoise beer.

    Perhaps the rowdiness is set off with the relevant ease of obtaining full strength alcohol, giving it an almost football like atmosphere. Perhaps the organizers are about to change things next year.

    Still there should be fireworks with the Safin/Bagdahtis match this morning.

    David.

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  2. How delightful it sounds David. Stella? Thought that would never be allowed.

    The element that drinks seriously was never really attracted to the tennis in the past, so it wasn't a problem.

    Bagdahtis attracts supporters with the same oiriginal origin as his country. (hope that is not too confusing) and they tend to be very 'boisterous' supporters

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  3. Problem is now some are doing more than drinking before they even get to the tennis, then load up on the grog when they're there.
    It's ugly and sad to see an end of a better mannered era.

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  4. Yep Jayne, it is just not cricket.

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