Is this still sport?

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Looks like blood to me….

I have an issue (some say I have many) with sport in general, it is generally becoming too reliant upon money – the ‘sport’ side is becoming secondary to the entertainment and show generally. My pet hate is football (incase you hadn’t noticed from my last two blogs). It has probably become sullied more than any other sport due to the big money players (I think his name is Murdoch).

However this weekend we have seen a temper tantrum in a sport that has generally been fairly ‘safe’ from this for years – tennis. The outburst from David Nalbandian in the Aegon Championships final was frankly appalling – he injured an official and was quite rightly disqualified. His attempt to try to defend his actions was frankly an insult to the sport;

“When somebody else makes a mistake nobody does anything, that’s why sometimes a player doesn’t feel that the ATP defends the players. Sometimes you get angry, sometimes you cannot control when that happens.”

What I also find rather surprising is the reaction from the crowd, many of whom booed the umpire and called for play to continue!

The ATP rules are clear;

  • Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site
  • For purposes of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorised touching of an official, opponent, and spectator or other person

So the umpire was quite correct in disqualifying the player, also what sort of message would it give to kids if this sort of behaviour was not punished! Perhaps the adults who were there and shouting the umpire down should give this some thought? I expect many of them are parents – I hope they don’t allow their kids to behave in this way!


2 thoughts on “Is this still sport?

    Richard Baker said:
    June 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I’m with you, Simon. Nothing excused this kind of behaviour. But the rot set in when a certain American player in the late 70s was allwoed to get away with outrageous tantrums on court. Put that together with the massive commercial pressures and you have the irony of an angry player kicking a sponsor into an official. Pretty much sums up where sport’s at – and don’t get me started on some of the hilarious writhing around the pitch in Euro 2012…

      Simon Dare responded:
      June 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Ahh, the football – Brian Moore was tweeting during yesterday’s match – and I agree with him;

      “If Nani got me sent off with one a clutch-the-face-wherever-the-contact-act I’d have to really smack him on the way off; that’s just me.”

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