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!