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Old 03-27-2004, 02:29 PM   #1
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The English “gentleman”

He looks like a kid himself. Fresh faced, must have been a choirboy. I am referring of course to Tim Henman. An English gentleman you say?

During one of his matches I witnessed perhaps one of the ugliest exchanges a player had during the tournament with a ball kid. We had one boy, a little chubby, who worked his tail off in 100 degree heat. Perhaps he was a step slower than most.

Mr. Henman would have none of it. Talked directly to the boy, told him he was slow, and asked him, how on earth did he become a ball kid? Then Tim went to the umpire’s chair and complained, pointing to the poor lad, and making it quite clear that he never wanted to see the boy on “his” court again.

We had to remove the boy who, by this time, was mortified and had burst into tears. That’s when being a mother really helps. You just wanted to pull him to you and tell him that everything will be all right. Would hate to have you as a father, Mr. Henman.


from http://www.tennis-ontheline.com/iw04ball.htm
by Sandra Vincent


Sandra Vincent was a volunteer at the 2004 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, and worked as a Ball Kid Coordinator. We thank her for sharing her unique perspective of the tournament and some of its stars.

this was posted by TheBoiledEgg in the main forum, just wanted to see what all you fans thought of this?

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Old 03-27-2004, 09:35 PM   #2
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aren't there any fans of greg rusedski?????
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Old 03-28-2004, 02:06 PM   #3
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dont think so, maybe before :P but now i dont think so
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just becuase his doping stuff. he didnt do anything
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its the way hes acting about it, i didnt dislike him before but his continious whining about action after he has been cleared is boring. hes been cleared, so move on
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hmm but a godd player...
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The English “gentleman”

He looks like a kid himself. Fresh faced, must have been a choirboy. I am referring of course to Tim Henman. An English gentleman you say?

During one of his matches I witnessed perhaps one of the ugliest exchanges a player had during the tournament with a ball kid. We had one boy, a little chubby, who worked his tail off in 100 degree heat. Perhaps he was a step slower than most.

Mr. Henman would have none of it. Talked directly to the boy, told him he was slow, and asked him, how on earth did he become a ball kid? Then Tim went to the umpire’s chair and complained, pointing to the poor lad, and making it quite clear that he never wanted to see the boy on “his” court again.

We had to remove the boy who, by this time, was mortified and had burst into tears. That’s when being a mother really helps. You just wanted to pull him to you and tell him that everything will be all right. Would hate to have you as a father, Mr. Henman.
It's stories like this that make my wonder why I can't stop supporting this idiot, although it should be said that most players' treatment of the ballkids is pretty bad to greater or lesser degrees.
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hes a tosser and i don't support him anymore and wouldn't even if he was in a Grand Slam Final. greg all the way!!!
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I checked out the link and that Sandra Vincent woman sure seems like an angry, vindictive lady. I'd take her words with a grain of salt.
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Maybe so, but even as a Henman "fan" I see him chastising the ballkids an awful lot. Just today he was giving a little girl (who couldn't have been more than eight or nine) into trouble for rolling the balls along the clay as opposed to throwing them. Pretty unreasonable.
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oh noo! is Henman really that bad? i always imagined him to be a sweet guy!
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Old 04-25-2004, 04:42 PM   #12
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Maybe so, but even as a Henman "fan" I see him chastising the ballkids an awful lot. Just today he was giving a little girl (who couldn't have been more than eight or nine) into trouble for rolling the balls along the clay as opposed to throwing them. Pretty unreasonable.
I suppose, looking from Tim's POV, rolling the balls along the clay would screw 'em up for when he has to serve with them later? I don't know. I've never played on clay, though it'd be cool.

However, I think many players may tend to get on the ballkids' cases especially if they're in a crummy mood, or can't hold serve, for example? But hey - we're not perfect, and I suppose we shouldn't expect players to be perfect, as well. I say, whatever - under pressure (professional tennis match pressure!), would we always be able to guarantee that we'll be on our best behaviour?

But oh well. Like tangerine_dream, I'd take that woman's words with a grain of salt.
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