For some of you who don't know, Chris Chase is the writer for the tennis column in sports.yahoo.com Busted Racquet. He constantly reports false/incomplete/inaccurate information and offers his point of view on tennis notable events. This week wasn't different with the Nalbandian controversy. So after reading his articles - which I am linking below, I decided to E-mail him this letter.
PS. If you do a quick google search on Chris Chase this is what you will get at the top of your screen:
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BEFORE YOU CONTINUE READING: This thread is not to discuss how you feel about the incident, we have already discussed this in a separate thread, and we all have different opinions. You might not agree with how I feel about what happened, but please respect that. The point of this thread is to share how I feel about Chris Chase and his constant misinterpretation of information that stain the reputation of the sport and leads to those who are not constant followers of the sport to believe certain stereotypes that aren't necessarily true. While he is entitled to his opinion I am a firm believer that a journalist - or someone who attempts to be one - should include all the relevant information before giving his personal statement on the issue. This guy constantly fails to do so, and is clearly obsessed with condemning and judging people as almost all of his articles have a negative light to them. Thanks!
I am writing you because for quite a while I've had to endure reading your tennis articles on the sports.yahoo.com website. I used to believe that Yahoo was a reliable source, but every time I read an article of yours, I can't help it but second guess myself.*
You might be a tennis fanatic, and you might read a lot about the sport, but it's hard to ignore the fact that is blatantly obvious that a tennis player you are not. If you let me, I'd like to suggest that from now on, you restrain yourself from giving your personal opinion, and please, only stick to reporting facts. (And while you're at it, please try to get them right every now and then - Only God knows how many times you have published false or inaccurate information!)
In your latest work of art, you express how you fervently believe that "He deserves a suspension and a hefty fine for injuring the linesman." Well let me tell you my friend, that what you didn't include in your article (probably because you didn't know it) - it's that David Nalbandian was fined for the total amount of his runner-up prize money, which is over $50.000. (I know, crazy right? probably more than what you make in 2 years.. pre-taxes!) Also, Nalbandian got a zero-pointer in this week's rankings, instead of the points that he earned by making the finals.*
Also, in your June 17th article titled "David Nalbandian defaulted after kicking sign, bloodying linesman" you included this brilliant statement:
“Some people are crediting Nalbandian for his apology, saying he seemed contrite toward the linesman, if not about his actions. Nonsense. By blaming the ATP for pressure and hiding behind the "it was an accident" defense, Nalbandian makes this an even bigger farce.”
Unfortunately, you’re entitled to your opinion just like everybody else is, however, next time that you decide to condemn a professional athlete, it would be nice if you could include all the relevant information concerning the story. Like the fact that the day before playing the semi-finals Nalbandian was forced to play not one, but two three-set matches on wet courts. The night before the final also rained, and the Argentine complained about the conditions however, once again, he was slapped some tape across his mouth, and forced to play. Several top players like Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have gone on record and said that the ATP cares little about the player’s conditions, and that they often find themselves pressured by the organization to the point where they have jeopardized their health and fitness to comply with the ATP mandates. What a farce this Nalbandian guy! Ha! He is concerned about his health!
By no means, I am justifying Nalbandian’s behavior, which is believe was wrong and unacceptable. He deserved to be defaulted from the match, and to be fined and penalized with a zero on his ranking. However, to go beyond that and say that it wasn’t an accident and therefore he deserves to be suspended.. that might be taking it a little too far on your part, as usual. To think that the player had the intentions of harming or injuring the line judge is ridiculous, and everyone who honestly believes that this guy should be banned, doesn’t really understand the sport. This “outburst” comes no where near the recent shows that Serena Williams has put on, the breaking of a bench by World’s number one Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, the famous tantrums thrown my Fena Gonzalez, or the antics of the self-inflicting pain lovers like Andy Murray and Mikhail Youznhy.
Here, I have included some quotes on the incident by some people that know a thing or two about the sport..
David Felgate, Tim Henman's former coach
"There was no intent to hurt but he took a right foot to that like a penalty kick”
"It is like when players have thrown racquets. Xavier Malisse got defaulted in Miami some years ago when he hit a line judge”
"It is the same situation as when Tim Henman hit the ball and hit a ball girl as she ran across the court."
Pat Cash, former Wimbledon champion
"Awkward for Nalbandian as he's letting out steam. What a pity for all."
Fernando Verdasco, world number 16
On Twitter:* "I have never seen anything like it in my life. He wanted to kick the board, not the line judge. It was an accident in my opinion."
Ivo Karlovic, world number 56
"What's the penalty for kicking the chair in the real world?"
Also, Chris Kermode, the tournament director reported to the BBC of London (what some consider an actual reliable source) that: "The line judge was seen and treated by St John's Ambulance. He also saw the doctor, and no further treatment was required."
Now that I am done writing this, I have to come to the conclusion that the only reason why Yahoo has kept you around, has to be because your incompetence is so entertaining that people keep coming back just to have a good laugh..