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Not many tennis fans will forget this image of a belligerent Serena Williams at the 2009 US Open semi-final match with Clisters

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Belligerent in a lost cause entirely of her own making. She was losing the tennis match and she lost her tennis focus when she was called on a foot fault by a linesperson a point away from Matchpoint for her opponent, Kim Clisters.

I have often felt put off by her excessive “exuberence” when she scored a big point or won a big match. Her in your face manners didn’t seem to fit the game of tennis. But then the game today is marked by very vocal grunts/groans and a lot of excessive on court celebration. That’s part of the “winner take all” culture we live in. So be it.

But I don’t think many will interpret Serena‘s manifestly violent gestures and words to that linesperson in a very friendly way. Her mother and coach apparently felt that it was OK for Serena to say what she had to when she thought something wrong was happening to her. I think that in a week when a white Congress Rep shouted “You lie” during a presidential speech, it is very sad and very regrettable that a black tennis player should misbehave so badly in full public view and earshot.

Racism has all kinds of sides, doesn’t it. Did Serena’s highly vituperative reaction to this linesperson’s call on her have anything to do with the fact that she was manifestly an Asian American? Go figure!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/13 at 07:11

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Roger Federer at Wimbledon, 2005 Photo by Alex...
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Photo: Cristophe Karaba, European Press Agency

This image was copied from an NY Times slideshow. It was titled “Evolution of a Champion” but IMHO it could have been “He ain’t physically right!”.

Now we have the confirmation of his not being physically right since he has pulled out of Wimbledon 2009 because of tendinitis in his knees. Yes, it’s a sad moment for all tennis fans.

Will he come back for the US Open? For the 2010 tennis season on whatever surface, hard, clay or grass?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/19 at 13:13

A more vulnerable & human Federer

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Liz Robbins wrote some apt words on Sep 4 about Roger Federer’s very human reactions to unforced errors and clear winners during his quarter final match which he won in 3 tough sets:

But it has been clear for some time — since Federer revealed that he had mononucleosis this past winter — that he is not the same player who barely broke a sweat as he marched to his fourth straight United States Open title last year.

Federer may not say much about his fall from the No. 1 spot, which came six weeks after his epic five-set defeat to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, or acknowledge any loss of foot speed or confidence.

The only clues he offered Thursday were audible. “Ai-yee!” and “Whoo-hoo!” Federer yelled after unforced errors. And when he set up match point in the third-set tie breaker, he blurted out a jarring “Come on!” before moving on to the semifinals in a Grand Slam tournament for the 18th consecutive time.

“I guess for a while I put my head down in the matches and just tried to keep that unbelievable run I had going instead of trying to disturb myself with, you know, any sort of reactions,” Federer said. “Maybe it’s a time where I can show a little bit more and it comes out.”

His vulnerability has made him more emotional, more human, too.

I wonder if Tiger Woods, who is recovering from his own touch of frail humanity (his bad knees), will return with is own Zen-like focus on championship performance.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/19 at 08:52

Roger Federer won the US Open, but is he back to winning form?

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I watched most of the quarters, semis and all the final today. Roger’s play was impressive and most important he won handily in 3 straight sets. But I believe that Andy Murray had is best Open tennis behind him today, especially when he beat Rafa Nadal.

The game is much more competitive today than it was even a year ago. Raf Nadal can win most of the time. Djokovic, Del Proto, Muller and most of all Andy Murray can beat Federer or Nadal some of the time.

So it will be interesting to see how Roger works his way through to win his 14th+ Grand Slam title. Lots of good tennis ahead!

In case you are interested Roger is still #2 in ATP ratings and Andy Murray is #4, while Rafa Nadal is still #1.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/08 at 15:53

Roger Federer still holds his world #1 ranking this week

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but not for long. To put another nail in that outcome he lost two straight sets to James Blake in the Olympics 2008 quarter-finals yesterday. Fact is till then he had only lost 1 set to Blake in 8 matches in which he beat Blake, sometimes decisively sometimes not so.

When asked by Charlie Rose a few weeks ago, Pete Sampras seemed sure that Roger F would win this year’s US Open. I don’t think that is any kind of a foregone thing, especially in Roger’s own mind I respectfully submit!

Oh I don’t believe for a minute that he is over the hill in competitive tennis. But he must find within himself the drive and heart to reset his course to win two more slam events + 1 to beat Sampras’ record of 14 grand slam tennis victories that ended with a win at the US Open over Andre Agassi.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/08/14 at 06:26