What does Roddick’s bratty behavior reflect the need for MOST?
Posted by tennisplanet on September 2, 2010
What I don’t understand is this: When there’s NO freaking history of calls being overturned when Hawk Eye is not involved (specially foot fault) why even bother freaking discussing it with the player? Umpire’s response should be “The call stands and we are not discussing it. Clock is ticking for your ‘over the time’ violation for warning followed by point penalty followed by forfeiture. I am not answering any of your questions. Period.”
Roddick by now has more than explicitly made known to the world how much disdain he carries for the umpires. What you really feel comes out when you have the least control on your faculties. I have never bought that ‘I didn’t mean it’ crap. Even though here he did not or couldn’t go after the umpire his behavior was just as distasteful if not more.
Granted the ‘right’ leg remark was begging for an onslaught and Roddick would have been considered retarded for not going after it, it was still unbecoming of a player from the host country to not just go on a rant but for so long that it may have contributed in whatever small way in his elimination.
Besides, if the replay was available right away why not put it up on the Jumbo screen right then and kill the debate instantly?
Bottom line: With a long history of controversial and high-profile foot faults already in the books, the only way to snip it in the bud now is to allow Hawk Eye to monitor it too. Whose freaking idea was to not include it anyway? Or let the camera control it and make the replay available within seconds. How freaking genius is that in putting an end to this gaping hole available for players to use as scapegoat for their poor freaking performance?