Brad Gilbert on Medical Timeouts

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  1. monomer

    monomer Rookie

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    If I recall, the prize money for making the semi's is $500,000. Make the finals and you have $1.2 million if you lose and $2.4 million if you win. I think that Azarenka would gladly have agreed to pay $10k for being able to take the MTO.
     
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    Relinquis Hall of Fame

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    Spoilers much? This thread...

    Brad Gilbert, the expert on winning ugly.

    It would have been nice to see Azeranka fight the set out and beat Sloane fair and square. Alas, she did it the Gilbert way instead. She's still the winner and was the superior player on the day.
     
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    I hadn't read the book but I doubt anywhere in there the book encouraged this kind of behavior. Had she finished the match the way it should have been finished, I doubt she would have won. If anything she would have quit or choked like she did the U.S Open. They really need to change this before the next major...really right after this tourney. The only way you leave the court is on your own serve.


     
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    zagor Talk Tennis Guru

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    Regarding Wimbledon darkness, well I think Fed was worse off in the darkness than Nadal because Nadal's game is high margin and because he was getting tired in the 5th set (unlike Nadal) so I think postponing the match for the next would have benefited to him greatly, that said despite that Fed didn't really pressure the umpire to postpone the match and he certainly could have given his status in the game and authority.

    Regarding asking hawkeye to be turned off, don't confuse gamesmanship with having a meltdown, Fed completely lost it mentally and lost the set 6-2 after that hawkeye challenge, he also started very shaky the next (5th) set giving Nadal several BP chances at the start, only after he fended them off did he finally regroup mentally.
     
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    Zagor, I agree with your general explanations on those two situations, but I don't think those were the sole reasons involved. Another benefit in both situations was that he was trying to effectuate a mental edge. That's gamesmanship in my book. Two more situations that come to mind, yelling "shut up" to Djokovic's parents and then during the Murray match, yelling at Murray directly from the net. Frustration? Yes, I agree, but often losing your temper on the court can be used for gamesmanship. The two things are not mutually exclusive.
     
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    zagor Talk Tennis Guru

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    I don't know, I still don't feel like heat in the moment outbursts are gamesmanship but I can see your point as well, what Fed did when Murray was serving for the match was bad sportsmanship and a lack of class and he looked like he regretted it later on (tried to mend things somewhat with warm handshake with Murray at the net when he lost).
     

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