Originally Posted by rofe
The problem I have is not with the cheering and/or booing per se. I also don't have a problem with cheering double faults after they happen. The crowd should be respectful when the player serves since that starts off the whole point. It is unfair if someone starts whistling or jeering or starts to leave while the player is serving.
Oh whatever, these are big boys out there playing tennis not 10yr old girls with ADD. They are professionals; they have been playing tennis since they were 5 and now they are doing what most us only dream about. If I can play my USTA matches with balls rolling over in my court during points from other nearby matches, and other players in nearby courts making noises while I am playing these guys can deal with the whistling and stuff. I honestly don't see the noises taking away from the situation. Fans clapped on the first point of the Marcos vs. Andre match when Marcos’ first serve went into the net...that ended up being a great match. It's a hostile atmosphere yes, it's not proper tennis decorum but, I see it adding more than it's taking away for the most part. As a player when you are playing against that stuff, it’s fun to silence a crowd, and when you win you not only beat your opponent into submission but you beat the crowd too. It adds to the entertainment when fans are rowdy, and isn't that why we watch tennis anyways? The entertainment?