ARE TENNIS UMPIRES NOW OBSOLETE?
I was glued to the RAFA/NOVAK match today,enjoying the high standard of tennis. Carlos Ramerios the umpire gives Rafa a time warning and he says nothing.Novak is given one and he screams abuse.Ok,so its a case of different reactions however,the commentator,who just happens to be John Lloyd says “the umpire should just not get involved”!!He based his opinion on the fact that no umpire has in recent years “had the nerve to go to the 2nd stage of giving the point against”.
What with hawk eye and the fear of upsetting the players,it begs the question,why bother with the guy in the chair?
I hate the delays on service that the likes of Rafa,Novak etc. take.In hot climates I believe they must have an advantage over their opponents as they can catch their breath,cool down and keep the guy on the other side of the net on edge.20 seconds is written into the rule book and it is being flaunted by certain players.If there is no regard for the umpire and rules we might just witness chairs being brought to each end for the players to sit on whilst towelling down and perhaps deigning to serve after 1 min.Does anyone remember when the changeover in the opening of a set or in tie break was just that….ie go straight to the other side,do not pass go nor collect £200?
Just exactly when did tennis players become so precious? As another commentator pointed out “the tennis guys should be made to play with badminton spectators in the stands and there might be less of the demand for total silence and no one daring to move from their seat”.
Rant over, but I am truly terrified the game of gentlemen is going South.Coupled with an ex player and the figurehead of British tennis in the form of John Lloyd saying what he did to millions of viewers,perhaps a major shake up is needed.
On a separate note,will Roger get his gold from the most unexpected source? That would be so ironic.