Shame on Maria?
Former Dartmouth tennis coach Chuck Kinyon says in Maria Sharapova’s second round match at the US Open that happened and NOBODY made the call. The replay showed that the ball did bounce twice and John McEnroe (of all people) blamed the chair umpire for not calling it; but should the blame be on Ms. Sharapova?
The rule states that the player should make the call on themselves – and we hackers often do (or, our doubles partner does for us); but the pros have come to rely on the lines people and chair umpires to make the calls.
And the many of the chair umpires have stopped doing their jobs of over-ruling what looks like a bad line call by the lines people, making the players stop play and make an official replay challenge.
Defaulting on Honor
I once got into a very heated argument with a friend who insisted in an officiated match, he never overrules the line call – even if it is in his favor and he knows it is a wrong call. My position was that you still have the responsibility to CORRECT the call that was in your favor (by a lines person or by your opponent) if you clearly saw it the other way.
What do you think… who is doing their job and who not??
“Man Down on Court” … update
From Mark Wirth, who “went down” at Newk’s … “Here is an update on my health issue. Since Newk’s, I have gone to the cardiologist twice for follow-up tests. The first day was for another EKG and physical exam. The second day was for an ECG and stress tests. I am awaiting the final results for all but based on my discussions with the cardiologist he was looking at this as a one-off as all looked normal with my tests. The fact that my episode was not accompanied by any dizziness, nausea, chest pains, or shortness of breath and only lasted a couple of minutes was very positive in his eyes. I am feeling good and have started playing again this weekend. That has helped me start to feel normal again.”
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