Friday, November 06, 2009

Quote For The Day

"It's in the hands of the Grand Slam administrator, who I believe has now completed his investigation and will be making a ruling within the next two weeks. That's what we have been told -- that Serena would hear, we would hear. We really have not gone down that path of making a judgment as to what would be right or wrong at this point. She was defaulted out of the singles and she has apologized sincerely. So we'll just have to see what the Grand Slam administrator comes to the Grand Slam committee chairs with. I think Serena is very anxious to hear." --Lucy Garvin, USTA President


Jason said...

It'll be interesting to see how they choose to deal with this. I also find it slightly annoying that many people say that Serena was "defaulted," or "disqulified" from the match, when in reality she was simply given a point penalty at the worst possible time in the match.

We'll see how this goes.

Jason said...

"disqualified" *

Pamela said...

The truth gets in the way of an overblown sensationalized story every time.

Defaulted? I swear I could be a better tennis writer than 90% of those out there clacking away on a MAC.

vw said...

Serena is playing an exo with golden Wozniacki in Barbados.

World number one tennis star Serena Williams will be in Barbados next month! She will be joined by World number 5 Caroline Wozniaki.

Craig Hickman said...

Pamela, we can't blame that on poor journalism. It's a direct quote from the president of the USTA.

lilac said...


Aziz said...

I don't know but I got the conviction that they are not going to give her suspension whatsoever.

This is just a formality.

Aziz said...

"But flaws and all, she is still the best thing for the game, someone interesting to look at, watch, pay attention to and talk about. She has taken a tour that would have been boring with a bunch of pretend champs on top, and turned it into a reality show". - Greg Couch.

Jason said...

And "apologized sincerely." Hah.

If you watched her apologies back then they were not sincere at all. She apologized out of obligation, and because everyone was calling for one. Every time she apologized she had the "not this again, why am I apologizing when I was the victim?" attitude.

She's a great champion most of the time, and is capable of doing and saying some great things, but sometimes she's just a brat.

Craig Hickman said...

Jason, I don't disagree that Serena can be bratty, but you have your facts wrong.

Read her most recent apology.

Jason said...

I already know about that apology Craig. And perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, but I'd like to respectfully disagree. I'm aware that she apologized several times in the week following the incident, but the impression that I got every time was that it wasn't quite heartfelt. For me, the Patrick McEnroe court interview following her doubles win at the Open showed me how she felt about the whole thing. I know that she knows she made a mistake, but I still feel like she knows that only because others have told her it was a mistake... does that make sense? I hope it does..

That said, it was extremely out of character, because Serena is usually very upstanding. I don't know, that's my take on it.

I guess at the end of the day, we can just agree to disagree. We can't always see eye-to-eye, I suppose. Great job on your blog, by the way. I've been reading it for a few years now, and am still a returning customer.

Craig Hickman said...

Of course we can agree to disagree, but facts are facts.

You said, "Every time she apologized she had the 'not this again, why am I apologizing when I was the victim?' attitude.

But the apology I linked to had none of the attitude you characterized, so your statement about her attitude "every time" she apologized is wrong unless you qualify it and you haven't.

And at the USO, Serena didn't even respond directly to Patrick's question. She sidestepped the issue entirely and put the focus on the match they just won. When Patrick pressed, the crowd started booing and then Venus stepped in to tell Patrick that what the fans were saying is that it's time to move on. Serena offered up no comment on the matter at all. And even if Serena showed you how she really felt about the incident in that exchange, isn't it entirely possible that she feels differently about it now, regardless of what motivated the change of heart?

I don't need anyone to see Serena as I do, but when a statement about her is false on its face, I'm going to correct it.

Jason said...

Hmm. Well, I will admit that my statement from before was incorrect. It is true that, having issued multiple apologies over a period of a few days, she didn't display the attitude that I referred to every time. I will concede that.

Regarding the McEnroe bit, I suppose what I got from that exchange was more about how she felt about it, and since we both know she didn't put forth any statement in that particular interaction, it was the way that she sidestepped the question that gave me the impression that it did.

As to her possible change of mind in the present day, that's most certainly possible. But we weren't talking about that, I don't think... but yes, she may or may not (we may not know) currently feel genuinely sorry for the incident, as the original quote seemed to indicate.

So, please allow me to say that my original post was too harsh and incorrect, as I failed to properly communicate what it was that I wanted to say. I think the point that I wanted to get across was that despite her apologies, and despite the sincerity of the apologies themselves, I personally felt that she didn't really mean it and did it for the PR. Which is fine, what counts is the apology, and not the opinions of the matter.

Anyhow, I hope that I haven't offended you and that you understand that I didn't choose my words correctly, which is why I believe we had this discussion in the first place, haha. I hope you have a good day!

Graf_sampras said...

i wonder what the WTA and Tennis would do and say - if Serena WIlliams suddenly announced:

"due to certain conditions in the profession which I have found no longer in my interest and I find simpyly untenable...i am , effective immediately...retiring from tennis.".

Craig Hickman said...

Jason, I don't feel personally offended by opinions about tennis players, so no worries there.

As I said earlier, Serena is certainly no angel, but she does have integrity and while it took her a few tries to get it right, she got it right and I wish the ITF won't add insult to injury with their pending announcement.