Players getting away with to much?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Vision84, Jul 9, 2007.


Are pro's getting away with to much?

Poll closed Aug 8, 2007.
  1. Yes. I think they should be receiving more penalties when they break the rules.

    9 vote(s)
  2. No, I think it is good that the umpires are quite leniant and not give out penalties.

    4 vote(s)
  3. I do not care either way.

    5 vote(s)
  1. Vision84

    Vision84 Hall of Fame

    Mar 27, 2007
    Cambridge, UK
    Throughout watching Wimbledon this year I was surprised to see so many players getting away with racket abuse and on court coaching. I saw lots of rackets being thrown to the ground and the umpire said nothing on the issue. Only in very few instances did a player receive a warning, usually when they had to delay the match because they broke a racket and had to go fetch another. Watching Henin's match against Serena it was clear she was receiving coaching but I don't think she ever got a warning for it. Nadal and arguably Dokovic to should have received warnings for taking to long between points. If the tournament or the ATP is going to put these rules in place then they should be strictly enforced.

    On the issue of racket abuse I see some kids i coach throw their rackets and when I have a go at them they argue that they should be allowed cause they see the pros getting away with it. The pro's are the idols of many young tennis players and they are going to copy their behavior.

    I am also a division 3 college player in the states and the rules are clear and well enforced that if we throw our racket into the ground or even if we throw it up in the air and fail to catch it then we receive a point penalty. We receive this penalty even for profanity or we take to long between points. I don't understand why it is so strictly enforced on us than on the pros.

  2. origmarm

    origmarm Hall of Fame

    Apr 25, 2007
    I agree, they should not get away with it as much. That said the ATP has to have rules on this otherwise the different venues would have a hard time with different standards
  3. Supernatural_Serve

    Supernatural_Serve Professional

    Jul 10, 2006
    yes, especially

    1. shrieking and grunting - a hindrance

    2. taking too long to serve - a delay violation
  4. J-man

    J-man Hall of Fame

    Nov 8, 2005
    I agree that players get away with alot. The thing about on court coaching is that you can't really stop it. The slightest movement by the coach could be coaching. But I think they should be strict on the time in between points. The ATP should have at least a device (like a beep) that tells the players that they need to begin serving or getting ready to return serve.
  5. sapient007

    sapient007 Semi-Pro

    Jun 28, 2006
    the entire women's tour is a joke. sharpova's father actually moved to opposite sides of the court during games so he can better signal a on court challenge or not. mini sharpova (huchetnova?? sp?? ) did the same thing with his coach.

    didn't see too much of it on the men's side aside from the racquet slam.
  6. RedWeb

    RedWeb Semi-Pro

    Aug 8, 2006
    While I don't want the ATP and WTA to turn into armies of similar robotic players I do think they need to be consistent with enforcement in areas like timing. However, the whole area of no coaching just needs to be abolished, its happening anyway so make it part of the game. Its impossible to control the uncontrollable (glances, nods, finger pointing, holding a bananna).
  7. christo

    christo Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Keep a camera on Yuri during the entire match and show it on the JUmbotron. That'll stop that cheating arsehole. or send him back to Siberia.
  8. ben_friendz

    ben_friendz New User

    Jun 29, 2007
    Come on, until they end up getting in an all out brawl I think it adds to the game. Lets face it, a Federer 6-0 6-0 6-0 win with a little kiss and wave is not interesting. Now Nadal vs that one guy when they both insulted each other was interesting. Let them play you babys!
  9. Alex132

    Alex132 Guest

    Lmao....umpire should care if player threw his racquet ? what the heck...they aren't swearing or anything.
  10. ben_friendz

    ben_friendz New User

    Jun 29, 2007
    Oh yeah and the whole challenge thing big deal, Do you think her old dumb father can see the ball any better than a linesmen? Even if who cares then they will get the call right or a challenge would be wasted. If cheating is getting a call right then I have to find a new sport. Coaching once a set needs to be allowed as well. Racquet throwing is ok as long as it does not affect anyone else. Tennis is very emotional but I guess none of you yelled at yourself after a stupid hit on your part because you don't really play tennis you just say lets tap the ball and have play nice time

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