Friday, May 29, 2009

Disgraceful

You can say I'm making excuses, but the schedule seems to have caught up to Venus.

Agnes is playing glorious tennis, but Venus is simply not on the court.

Venus isn't as young as she used to be. Players can't just wait around for matches all day every day and play into fading light and have it not be an issue in an event as emotionally loaded as a Slam. She simply didn't have enough turnaround time for today's match. I guess she could have pulled out of doubles, but the schedulers made no effort to apply fairness to the No. 3 seed and one of the game's biggest names.

I find it disgraceful.

And I'm not even a fan of hers.

18 comments:

charags said...

And with that Ms.V gets hurled out of the tournament. Will the outspoken W sisters speak out against this?

As you say Craig, it's disgraceful, and I'm not even a fan!

Karen said...

I am just incensed by this. This is my favourite player in the women's game and the scheduling was just too much for her. As you say Craig, she is not as young as she needed to be and I guess even her opponent saw that she was not at her best. I hope the French are happy. One sister down, another one to go. I dont think that you will hear either sister say much about this. They will either let their racquets do the talking or just prepare for the next tournament. You could see the looks of concern on her parents face during the match. They knew she was not going to win this one. Her face did not even look as if she had much sleep last night. Before I go, as a matter of fact Venus did mention something about the scheduling in response to a question posed by a reporter and I think her answer was that the scheduling was a bit strange. I think that is all that you are going to get out of Venus. Perhaps more from Serena who usually speaks her mind.

b said...

The whole thing was so upsetting..... I don't know what more to say as I've been posting about the scheduling (like a broken record). Ana and JJ, by contrast, have had great scheduling - playing on the main courts and playing early... usually 1st or 2nd...

Somewhere, Shara is jumping for joy at yet another big name/high seed out of her quarter....

And I think the press is trying to spin this as their fault for playing doubles - in an interview the other day Serena was asked about it repeatedly.

I hope they go on to win the entire doubles...

Beth said...

So they played doubles that night and did not get to play later in the day, is that the situation?

Craig Hickman said...

Beth, Venus has played late days in a row, but yes, Venus played two sets of singles yesterday in a match held over from the night before, and then doubles late last night and was scheduled second on Lenglen today.

Matt said...

This is flaming ridiculous. Venus is an incredible person (I had the pleasure of meeting her in Melbourne last year). This scheduling debacle is such a farce. I hope V strikes back at Wimbledon and this makes her more hungry. Even better, she's hungry and takes the doubles here with Serena, too. Absolutely pathetic for a grand slam. I care nothing for the Serbs and think they're a joke. Especially Ivanovic. I'm absolutely rooting for Serena. Let's hope she can tear through this draw, and hopefully the next two Slams for an historic Grand Slam!!!! She deserves it more than any player in the last decade.

Beth said...

Can someone explain to me how the scheduling is determined? Is it something that's just fixed and unchangeable or if Venus had asked, could the schedule have been changed? I guess I'm not seeing why the scheduling is being deemed so awful. I think various players must fall prey to these pitfalls in tournaments and if you are playing doubles, it must only make the situation more complex.

Craig Hickman said...

Beth, I don't know how the schedules are determined. But lots of factors go into them, not the least, the television networks.

But there's more to it than just that from where I sit.

Ed said...

I'm sure all the greats, even the men, have had to contend with this sort of thing. It's just part of the game.

Craig Hickman said...

Ed, while that may be true, it doesn't make it fair.

And welcome.

ndn5898 said...

I understand ur frustrations about the scheduling, but Venus does not seem to make enough in-game adjustments. I think Serena is a smarter player than her. If u see that the opposing player getting off on ur power how about changing speed?? Or if u see that the ball is carrying, how about standing a little behind the baseline sometimes..

Remember when Serena was hurt and very out of shape and she couldn't rely on her athleticism as much?Well, she changed it up and started playing smarter. She constructs points better also. Venus is getting older and eventually she will not be abled to get all of those balls back, she better learn some better angles or something.

b said...

Serena is last AGAIN tomorrow - on Lenglen - I suppose this is to make sure that she has to double up singles and doubles again Saturday and possibly play several days in a row again

Rob The Builder said...

The reason Rafa, Roger, Andy and co don't have this problem is simple - they don't enter the doubles. Maybe V and S need better management. No one else seriously attempts to win both singles and doubles.

If they're just playing doubles for fun, you can't use the scheduling of their matches as an excuse, presumably everyone else will be spending similar time on practice courts.

The schedulers aren't there just to make things nice for V & S. Farce? No, a tough task. The US Open schedulers always set up days to suit the home players. What makes you think that the french would do any different? And I can assure you that in my own country, Mr Murray will get exactly the schedule he wants!

Some people are missing the main point - Venus doesn't like clay and can't play on it.

Craig Hickman said...

That Venus doesn't like clay and can't play on it doesn't contradict anything said here.

Everyone has a valid point.

Vicki said...

All excuses people. Venus lost because a better player beat on the day start and end of story.

Karen said...

Better player on the day. True dat. Venus played Agnes earlier this year in Acapulco and won in 3. I agree that Agnes was the better player, I dont think the post is disputing that fact. What is in dispute is that if the schedule had been organised better, Venus would have had a better chance. Every player who has had a match carry over to the next day is always the second match up. As of now the OOP for tomorrow does not show the Azarenka match, but you can best believe that it will be the second match up on court, as well as Azarenka plays doubles and I promise you that she probably will not be the last match up in doubles. Anyway, it is over and done. Onwards to Wimbledon and Title No. 6

b said...

Nonsense - The top men get much better scheduling.... This issue came up a Wimbledon last year - Rather than cycling everyone through different courts with preference for the top players etc etc the top men are ALWAYS scheduled well while certain women, regardless of ranking or history were but on really bad courts.... Roger himself stated that it was fair criticized them for complaining while saying that he doesn't ever expect that he would have to play on court 2.

I'm not asking for SPECIAL scheduling

Usually when someone plays both doubles and singles - it is encouraged- and the organisers schedule in such a way that one might reasonably expect both matches to be finished.

Even without the doubles, the singles scheduling was just OFF.... Venus is a GS title holder and world #3, how is it that JJ gets better scheduling?

Matthew said...

Why aren't you a fan of hers?