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Too many rules...

drf716
06-02-2004, 09:44 AM
Safin: We’re pretty decent

FRENCH OPEN TENNIS: ROLAND GARROS

MARAT Safin’s argument is this: If other professional athletes can swear without getting fined, why not tennis players?

“You haven’t seen the football players? I mean we are pretty decent compared to them,” Safin said, noting also that National Football League and National Basketball Association players in the United States tend to use “a lot of good words” during games – without penalty.

Prompted by a reporter’s question, Safin returned to his discussion of what’s wrong with his sport. He said tennis has too many rules, which are sapping entertainment value for viewers.

The Russian, who is seldom shy about expressing his emotions on or off court, was fined US$500 earlier in the tournament for throwing a racquet.

He suggested that former tennis stars such as Mats Wilander, John McEnroe and Yannick Noah be brought together for a discussion of how to fix tennis by revamping the rules. – AP

IS IT ONLY MARAT WHO SAYS A LOT ABOUT RULES AND HOW THE ATP SHOULD BE CHANGED? I THINK HE"S RIGHT IN MOST CASES, BUT THAT WOULD BENEFIT HIM MOSTLY LOL. HE SHOULD LEAD THE REVOLUTION.

Iza
06-02-2004, 09:54 AM
i'm sure Lleyton agrees with him. He's never really loved the ATP too much :p

CarnivalCarnage
06-02-2004, 10:01 AM
It's different. It's not football. If you swear in tennis, chances are the first ten rows can hear you easily. Nobody in the crowd at a football game can hear the players swear. If you can lipread, you can see them doing it on tv, but what can do be done about that?

WyveN
06-02-2004, 10:43 AM
in tennis it is quiet immediately after the point so the swear words are clearly audible both to the audience and on tv. no one hears anything at a football game.

i bet they fine for swearing in games such as golf.

maratski
06-02-2004, 10:47 AM
People watch tennis for different reasons and matches can be fun, exciting, or interesting for different reasons. I like to see quality tennis, but don't mind seeing bad tennis with lots of drama. Marat pulling down his pants, Rainer making a photo of a linecall, Andy and Younes giving their racquets to the ball children, I loved it all. There's nothing wrong with entertaining the crown imo. If besides watching good tennis or drama, you also get a good laugh, isn't that the perfect day out to a tennis tournament?

The ATP can keep fining the players for idiotic reasons, but they'll be the losers in the end. The players aren't satisfied and publicly express their opinions, which means the whole world will get a bad image of tennis. The sponsors, who are being the ones satisfied at the moment,will also be losers in the end. Listen to the players and give the spectators what they ask for, it's the only way to save tennis. You can look at tennis like it's a product. No matter how good your marketing is, if the product is something people don't need, they won't buy it.

All those suits, who probably have fancy college degrees that justify their high salaries, should understand that no? :confused:

WyveN
06-02-2004, 10:53 AM
The players aren't satisfied and publicly express their opinions, which means the whole world will get a bad image of tennis. The sponsors, who are being the ones satisfied at the moment,will also be losers in the end. Listen to the players and give the spectators what they ask for, it's the only way to save tennis. You can look at tennis like it's a product.

Besides Hewitt's progress the only other thing that got decent coverage in Australia was Safin pulling his pants down, nothing about tennis but the actual incident. Not sure if that is good for tennis or not but there were a couple of columns making fun of tennis based on the incident.

Vass
06-02-2004, 10:59 AM
The one thing I DON"T agree with is the "profanity filter". They are decent because of the prospect of being fined and deducted points. If this rule is removed, he'll be swearing all the time.

Vass
06-02-2004, 11:02 AM
Besides Hewitt's progress the only other thing that got decent coverage in Australia was Safin pulling his pants down, nothing about tennis but the actual incident. Not sure if that is good for tennis or not but there were a couple of columns making fun of tennis based on the incident.
Let them laugh. I know a guy who never watched tennis, but started because he wanted to see the recorded match with tbe pant droping.

maratski
06-02-2004, 11:03 AM
You can fine players for swearing, but those point penalties that are given sometimes are ridiculous.

alfonsojose
06-02-2004, 04:51 PM
The pants down was ok for me. But all the things that he said to the umpire were really bad and unrespectful. If i want to see crap like that, i'll see soccer or hockey. That's what i like from tennis. There's respect for the others in the sport

joeb_uk
06-02-2004, 04:54 PM
actually he is talking about football, alot of the time in football you swear and you get sent off. its pathetic, players try to break someones leg and nothing happens, but you say fuck to the ref and a red card and a ban for 2 months lol! well anyway that is at a county level

little duck
06-02-2004, 05:48 PM
I think Safin is over-impressed with "tennis going down the drain" as he sees it. But he is not right, it is not realy going down the drain, and there is no reason to make a circus show out of the match.

But ofcourse, there's always some space for improvement.

Andrew.
06-02-2004, 09:08 PM
He's right. Some of the rules are very restricted in comparison to other sports.