Originally Posted by tennisforlife77
Yes - i am making a blanket statement - If i were a private benefactor supporting the tennis activities of a group of kids i would insist on a standard of conduct that would include sportsmanship and playing the tournament to completion. In this case the USTA is the benefactor and they are clearly imposing only a minimal standard of conduct on the players they are supporting and this kid is not the only example - i think this is what people find offensive. Kids that are playing tennis in their own dime can do whatever they like in terms of behavior but i would personally hold my kid to that same minimum standard. I think we should expect at least that from the USTA.
It's odd, many USTA sections now are requiring juniors and parents to sign a letter or contract (before tournament play) that they will show good sportsmanship, and yet the head of the USTA organization seems to ignore this standard.