"Double standard"?! One reason police exist is to enforce rules for baseline human behavior--against murder, stealing, etc. There needs to be a baseline rule of behavior (no tennis pun intended) on the court. The USTA and US Open should perhaps change its rules to include, "any physical threat towards a line judge or chair umpire means immediate default of the match, ejection from the tournament and loss of all prize money accumulated to date from the tournament." Under this rule, Federer would stay in and Serena would be out. Federer did not take his racket and physically threaten a line judge.
To compound the issue, Serena preceded to then lie to the chair umpire and mysteriously remembered her serving strategy for the next point but could not remember what she said to the line judge in her post match interview. Her comments were a disgrace.
So much of the criticism towards the critics of Serena's behavior is like your argument that it is biased, racially motivated, etc. I think that is a poor excuse. We are talking about a baseline of human behavior required on the tennis court during a professional tennis match. They are called professionals for a reason.
So I really hope that there is a rule change so at least the next time this happens, that if a physical threat and berating like Sernea made to the line judge is made again, it will be clearly breaking the rules and it will not matter what race, gender or who the person is. This country is so easily polarized, and to bring double standards and race into this incident only adds fuel to the fire. We are talking about human beings having a bottom line of behavior required on a professional tennis court no matter who they are!
Sep 17 2009 - 9:53am