Originally Posted by bunk18bsb
He just has to be informed of the traditions of tennis and I think the story there is over.
As far as Andy throwing his racket, that's what he does when he's mad AT HIMSELF. It's not like he throws a racket when he gets a bad call or whatever (at least not that I've seen). One of your faves, Rosie, Coria tends to be pretty darn whiny so I guess I don't understand how you can ignore that and deride Andy so much. Plus, Agassi broke a racket on his foot the other night and no one called him a whiny baby. Ferrero threw his racket in the air several times during the Nalbandian match, no one called him a "petulant brat" - why the double standards with Andy just because people don't like him? It's not like he's the first person to throw his racket. If he's mad at himself and that's what he does when he's mad at himself, who the hell cares?
As far as "Mattress Mac" goes hasn't he been hosting the US clay Court Championships for a while? Shouldn't he already be aware of the "traditions" of Tennis as a director/promoter?
You mentioned that you've never seen Roddick throw a racquet on a bad call. I've seen him in person in LA do that and on televised matches. Because he isn't a favorite I rarely tape any of his matches so I can't point out a specific match.
I had issues when Andre broke his racket because it reminded me of the young Agassi and also Roddick threw a temper tantrum where he apparently called the umpire a few names during his match against Carlos. Surprisingly (NOT!!) that little tantrum wasn't shown on TV or even mentioned by the commentators. And I think that's because they've been trying to pump him up as being so mature that to mention his tantrum would take that down a notch.
There is a double standard here in the States. It's ok for Andre and Andy to throw fits but if anyone else has a valid issue, David last night, he's seen as "throwing a hissy fit." David was right about everything that I heard him say. He was wrong about arguing that one line call on set point but on a real time replay on ESPN the ball looked "in" without the special technology on ESPN. The umpire shouldn't have over ruled that. I think that some people are just bothered by the fact that David is stepping up and saying something that others may not want to say. This poor guy probably really hates Americans at this point between what happened at the US OPEN and now in Houston. It was highly unlikely that he would play in LA before but now I really doubt it...lol.
At least David pulled it out though and continued to give the match everything he had even though he knew that "Mattress Mac" front row and center was 100% against him. I did like when he turned to him and said "Thank You" in the 3rd set. He must have actually got a clap for the ace down the middle. Hope it didn't hurt the guy too much
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