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World number 12 Feliciano
Lopez endured a tough first
round match against Benjamin
Becker at the Madrid Masters.
Playing in front of his home
crowd, the Spaniard endured
a mid match blip before
winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The
talking point about the
match wasn't about the
score, however, as Lopez
received a point penalty for
swearing from the umpire, an
issue in which he had a lot to
say about during the after
match press conference.
When Lopez received the
penalty, he was visibly
unhappy on the court and
argued with the umpire.
Reflecting back on the
incident after the match, the
Spaniard acknowledged that
his behavior "was not the
correct one of a tennis
player" and admitted to
swearing many times. He said
that he was unaware that
Carlos Bernardes issued him
first with a verbal warning
which is why he was surprised
to get penalized.
"The first warning I didn't
realize he gave me a warning,
and that's why I was so
surprised when he told me I
had to go to the other side
and I had a point penalty".
Lopez said.
Lopez also called for the
rules to be standardized for
everybody on the court. He
pointed out incidents such as
hitting balls out of court
without a player being
penalized as one example.
"If a player smacks the other
player's shoulder on a
changeover, what happens?
Nothing happens. We look
somewhere else and that's
all". Lopez said
"Or if a player throws a ball
out of the stadium and the
chair umpire acts like he
hasn't seen it. I think that
these acts are not normal and
should be pointed out. Rules
should be the same for
everybody".
Although Lopez didn't
mention any player, his
comments does echo an
incident which happened
during a match at last
weeks Portugal Open
between Nick Krygios and
Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Krygios, who was the eventual
runner-up in the tournament,
wasn't penalized for
deliberately smashing a ball
outside of the court due to
the umpire saying that he
didn't see it. The decision not
to give him a point penalty
infuriated Romas-Vinolas who
refused to shake hands with
the umpire at the end of the
match.
shots fired

www.tennisworldusa.org/Feliciano-Lo...voritism-over-some-players-articolo23731.html
 

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He's just saying for there to be uniformity with enforcement of rules regarding appropriate court conduct.
 

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Not TennisWorldUSA again. Such a bad publication/whatever it is. Untrustworthy. Anyone interested in confirming this interview?
 

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Not TennisWorldUSA again. Such a bad publication/whatever it is. Untrustworthy. Anyone interested in confirming this interview?
I'm mostly appalled at the English/spelling :eek:
 

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So basically sticking up for Ramos and having a go at Kyrgios/Rosol?

The Spanish players are such babies/Rafatards :lol:
 

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Yes Pascal Maria is biased and his favorite is Nadal. He even gifted him RG 2013 on a silver plate.
 

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Bashing Carlos Bernardes too, Rafa's nemesis.

These Spaniards, man...
 

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I think Feliciano has a point... A point that should be obvious: rules should be applied evenly to all players. It shouldn't even be controversial.

It is also obvious that rules are not applied evenly. That is something that has to be fixed. :shrug:

It is a fact the Kyrgios would have lost that match if the rules had been applied. It is something that has to be addressed.

PS I also think that Nick will be hurt in the long run by umpires letting him get away with his tantrums... The sense of entitlement he could acquire may prevent him from fulfilling his potential... But that's another story, one we'll have to wait a few years to see unfold. :)

In the meantime, players have every right to demand equal and fair treatment, which they are not getting.
 

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I think Feliciano has a point... A point that should be obvious: rules should be applied evenly to all players. It shouldn't even be controversial.

It is also obvious that rules are not applied evenly. That is something that has to be fixed. :shrug:

It is a fact the Kyrgios would have lost that match if the rules had been applied. It is something that has to be addressed.

PS I also think that Nick will be hurt in the long run by umpires letting him get away with his tantrums... The sense of entitlement he could acquire may prevent him from fulfilling his potential... But that's another story, one we'll have to wait a few years to see unfold. :)

In the meantime, players have every right to demand equal and fair treatment, which they are not getting.
Spanish armada want 2 year ranking systems, umpires to give them more than 25 seconds, softer grass, and on-court coaching. Sounds fair, no?
 

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Spanish armada want 2 year ranking systems, umpires to give them more than 25 seconds, softer grass, and on-court coaching. Sounds fair, no?
That's not what I'm talking about.
I'm talking specifically about Feli's complaint that he was given a point penalty as per the rules, yet Kyrgios wasn't given a game penalty when he should have according to the rules. That is unfair.

That the Spanish Armada would like rules changed for their own benefit? Good luck with that! :lol: But they are not asking that Rafa be allowed more than 25 seconds while the rest of the field only 25... That would be unfair. :)
 

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Rest assured Lopez wouldn't have made a peep when his countryman Nadal bullied Bernades with his classless comments about never umpiring his matches again.... Lopez will find some other example where he and his mates are slighted in some way and cry about it.Even though I see where he has a point whenever there is a complaint from within,you don't have to look far or guess hard on who usually does it.


The Spanish sorority train just chugs along full steam with the holier than thou behaviour.


... And it not just tennis either,Tiger Woods has said plenty of times that Sergio Garcia is an absolute whiner period.To Sergio's credit,he actually agreed somewhat.
 

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Looking forward to a Feli-Kyrgios match.
 

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I think Feliciano has a point... A point that should be obvious: rules should be applied evenly to all players. It shouldn't even be controversial.

It is also obvious that rules are not applied evenly. That is something that has to be fixed. :shrug:

It is a fact the Kyrgios would have lost that match if the rules had been applied. It is something that has to be addressed.

PS I also think that Nick will be hurt in the long run by umpires letting him get away with his tantrums... The sense of entitlement he could acquire may prevent him from fulfilling his potential... But that's another story, one we'll have to wait a few years to see unfold. :)

In the meantime, players have every right to demand equal and fair treatment, which they are not getting.
Agreed. The rules need to be enforced consistently.

I personally don't care if players swear, but if umpires are enforcing it on some players, they can't turn a blind eye to others. And like you say, Kyrgios being allowed to get away with murder isn't good for his development as a player. That's two matches now (Australian Open and Estoril) where he really should've been defaulted.
 

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Hitting a ball out of the stadium is a crap rule anyway.

Few years back Monte Carlo, Gulbis hits one into the Meditteranean against Monaco and gets points and games deducted off him by a jobsworth umpire.

Ramos was being a whiny little shit and he deserved to get booed at the end like the jester he is.
 

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Hitting a ball out of the stadium is a crap rule anyway.

Few years back Monte Carlo, Gulbis hits one into the Meditteranean against Monaco and gets points and games deducted off him by a jobsworth umpire.

Ramos was being a whiny little shit and he deserved to get booed at the end like the jester he is.
If it's a crap rule then get rid of it, don't enforce it sporadically.
 
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