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Shahar26
09-04-2007, 08:33 PM
I've seen them (around 20) in a few matches already, when they smell the match is about to be over, sometimes as early as 2-3 games before it's done, gathering around waiting to run down to get their balls autographed :eek:

I don't think it's very encouraging if a player sees them when they're down in the match :sad:

superstition
09-05-2007, 06:37 AM
Agreed. It needs to be changed. One of the commentators complained about that, saying it's distracting to players.

AlexP
09-05-2007, 09:43 AM
A player should just sign the same 20 balls then feed them into a ball machine aimed at the audience.

alpha
09-05-2007, 12:37 PM
I thought about how good the signatures are on those balls. I mean the players are tired, and they probably don't feel like signing their full name. It appears as though they are putting down the initials....

35ft6
09-05-2007, 02:03 PM
Forget autographs, you should see those little ******* kids when they see a puppy or presents or an ice cream truck. I wish they would just behave like adults already. Stupid children.

superstition
09-05-2007, 02:06 PM
Forget autographs, you should see those little ******* kids when they see a puppy or presents or an ice cream truck. I wish they would just behave like adults already. Stupid children.
That's not the issue, though. Kids really shouldn't distract players. Once the match is over, no problem.

Koz
09-05-2007, 02:23 PM
I agree. When I went to the Cincinnati tournament a few weeks ago I honestly felt sorry and somewhat ashamed for my fellow tennis fans when I saw the mob mentality people have around players. I went to see Nadal on the practice courts. When he was done, he had to walk off through the crowd (no where else to go). There were 6 escorts for him, and they got pushed around a whole lot with people trying to get to him. Nadal signed a LOT of autographs, I was impressed with how he handles himself off the court...it was a mob scene. I think it took Federer a good 20 minutes to leave his court after his practice. I didn't expect him to sign many autographs, just because he seems so quiet and reserved. He signed a WHOLE lot. Basically walked down the whole length of the court (baseline to baseline) signing autographs...then all those people on the stairway, and out the fence.

blitzmage_89
09-05-2007, 05:08 PM
autographed tennis balls is quite a small fortune dont you think?

Craig Sheppard
09-05-2007, 05:30 PM
Forget autographs, you should see those little ******* kids when they see a puppy or presents or an ice cream truck. I wish they would just behave like adults already. Stupid children.

lol good one there.

35ft6
09-05-2007, 09:13 PM
That's not the issue, though. Kids really shouldn't distract players. Once the match is over, no problem. I haven't heard of one player complaining about this. The only people I've heard complaining are the ones in this thread.
I don't think it's very encouraging if a player sees them when they're down in the match :sad: Yeah, and while they're at it, it's a disgrace when people leave a baseball game early because it's 10 to 3 in the 9th inning. That must really hurt the baseball players' feelings. This is really important stuff, people. We should definitely start writing our Congressman.

Shahar26
09-05-2007, 09:19 PM
I haven't heard of one player complaining about this. The only people I've heard complaining are the ones in this thread.

I don't know too many players who would say something about those kids, that will make them look bad going out against young fans...

But I'm sure many players thought about it.

You really have to be there close to them to get a feel of how annoying it can get.....

I wish I took a picture when I was there.

35ft6
09-05-2007, 10:07 PM
I don't know too many players who would say something about those kids, that will make them look bad going out against young fans... Or maybe they're too focused on the match to notice the kids on the sideline. They mostly only notice people behind the baseline.
You really have to be there close to them to get a feel of how annoying it can get...I've been to the US Open and I had a completely different reaction -- it made me happy to see the kids so unself-consciously clamor to get autographs from players, some they probably didn't even know. And I love the players who took the time to give a kid some attention. To us jaded adults, talking to a player might be whatever, but for a kid, it can be a life-changing event. But if they wait for a player to randomly single them out and approach them, it'll never happen. Whatever. We just see this differently I suppose.

I guess if the players really cared they could work out a compromise of some sort, maybe promising to stick around a bit after the match to sign autographs, win or lose. To me, this isn't a problem, but this is coming from a guy who wouldn't mind tennis crowds being a bit more rowdy and who loves the US Open because of its relative chaos. :-(

JMS
09-06-2007, 03:14 PM
holy crap, when my dad and i went this year and last year that is exactly how he described them, VULTURES

Shahar26
09-07-2007, 05:55 AM
Or maybe they're too focused on the match to notice the kids on the sideline. They mostly only notice people behind the baseline.
I've been to the US Open and I had a completely different reaction -- it made me happy to see the kids so unself-consciously clamor to get autographs from players, some they probably didn't even know. And I love the players who took the time to give a kid some attention. To us jaded adults, talking to a player might be whatever, but for a kid, it can be a life-changing event. But if they wait for a player to randomly single them out and approach them, it'll never happen. Whatever. We just see this differently I suppose.


I have no problems with the kids going to talk to the players, all I'm saying is wait until the match is over before you create a distraction on the sideline (I've seen them gather at 4-1 in the last set).

The players take a long while to get off the court, even the losing player (although I have yet to see a losing player sign anything).

QuietDaze
09-07-2007, 07:21 AM
Forget autographs, you should see those little ******* kids when they see a puppy or presents or an ice cream truck. I wish they would just behave like adults already. Stupid children.


It's rude and their parents should know better. But we are a society of rude children so what else can we expect?

Dedans Penthouse
09-07-2007, 09:23 AM
If I were a player besieged by these "vulture" kids at the conclusion of my match, I'd whip out my special pen (the one with disappearing ink) and "sign" for all of them........I'd fix their asses.

:twisted:

Moose Malloy
09-07-2007, 10:40 AM
I've been to the US Open and I had a completely different reaction -- it made me happy to see the kids so unself-consciously clamor to get autographs from players, some they probably didn't even know. And I love the players who took the time to give a kid some attention. To us jaded adults, talking to a player might be whatever, but for a kid, it can be a life-changing event. But if they wait for a player to randomly single them out and approach them, it'll never happen. Whatever. We just see this differently I suppose

yeah exactly. a major way for a sport to generate fans is to hook them as kids. tennis isn't as fan-friendly as most other sports so its hard for kids to get into it. I've encountered so many baseball fans that were taken to games as kids & got hooked on the game because of all the fun stuff kids can do there besides just watch the game(run around, cheer, hold a mitt in hopes of catching a ball, enjoy the free stuff fans often get-'bat night' 'bobble head night' etc) Ditto with NBA, it looks like the kids are having a good time, even if they may not entirely understand what's going on in the court.

Tennis is the only sport where the fans are not catered to in any way. Besides 'quiet please' you have to wait for changeovers to find a seat. You can't keep balls hit into the stands. You can't move around. For a child, what could they possibly find enjoyable about attending a tennis match? Its like going to church. The giant tennis ball helps, it gives them something to get excited about. They may go home a fan of tennis & support the game when they get older.

LanEvo
09-07-2007, 09:21 PM
If I were a player besieged by these "vulture" kids at the conclusion of my match, I'd whip out my special pen (the one with disappearing ink) and "sign" for all of them........I'd fix their asses.

:twisted:

nice one lol

35ft6
09-07-2007, 09:36 PM
It's rude and their parents should know better. But we are a society of rude children so what else can we expect?Yeah, they should know better than to let their children do something the tournament allows kids to do and even encourages by selling huge novelty sized tennis balls designed for autographs. :confused: