Originally Posted by Tennisfan1981
It must be a cultural difference. I cannot see how it's shocking and classless to thank Sony Erikson for sponsoring the tournament. If sponsors didn't do what they did, the Grand Slams wouldn't be as big as they are. If there weren't sponsors, I'd be reading about the results of the French Open in tomorrow's newspaper, instead of getting to see it live on TV. I think we owe sponsors a thank you for letting us watch this amazing sport on TV. It's not like JHH and Mary said, "I looooooooooooooove my Sony Erikson phone. They have great service, and you should get one!" They just thanked the company for supporting the tournament. I honestly think it's classy to thank people, not tacky.
Yeah, as Marine said it's not in our culture to thank the sponsors. Because sponsors have to do with money, not with the sport itself. I mean, of course they're necassry to the sport, but during ceremonies what we want to applaud is the winner, the finalist, the great fight during the match, the emotions they both share with the public... not only in tennis, in all sports.
Like we don't like to talk about money, and how much ppl earn, etc. Because it's considered tactless, especially in regard to the ppl who don't earn much money. So you'll never see the tournament's officials bringing the big check on court like they do in other tournaments. It's just not in our traditions, and again we prefer applauding the winner for what he has achieved more than for the amount of money he won.
I'm not sure if it's easy to understand for foreigners. But money isn't a topic we discuss on a "public place". For instance actors, singers, etc.. in France most of them won't say in a tv show how much they won for a film or with an album...
It's a bit hypocritical i think. For instance in sports, sponsors are necessary it's normal players thank them, and so i think it's hypocritical not to want to mention them in the final speech... but it's not yet part of our state of mind.
But as Marine said, when they booed it wasn't mean. Everyone knows sponsors are important and everyone knows players have to do it. So they weren't being mean, it's more like they tease the players
I guess I will never fully understand the French crowd that boos when players want to check ball marks in the clay and when players need to stop for a second to wipe of the clay from their bodies when they fall down. I am not insulting the French crowd, but their booing puzzles me (a la the Grosjean/Nadal booing, the sponsor booing, the booing of Nadal for going back for his towel to wipe clay off, the booing of EVERY single time someone wanted to check the ball mark in the clay, etc.). It just annoyed me.
oh on this i totally agree. I don't get why they do that. I mean, they are some players who can argue on every point, and in those cases i can understand the ppl booing because it's annoying. But now in RG and Bercy the crowd tends to boo even everytime a player check a point or ask athe umpire to do so, even if he odes that only once in the match... that's very annoying
Everytime they do that, whether i'm watching it on TV or whether i am there, i just think: oh please, give the poor guy a break!
I really don't get why things have gone this way, but i agree it's annoying