The first post-U.S. Open mailbag was dominated by questions along these lines:
Serena was fined just $2,000 for her code-of-conduct violation in the U.S. Open final. But what's the WTA to do going forward? Here's a farcical look inside the WTA board room during a "Messaging for Success" meeting:
[Ari starting to turn red] But with all due respect, it's 9/11. It's your home Slam. You're almost 30 years old. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!? ARE YOU REALLY THAT DETACHED FROM REALITY?
Let's take a break from Q&A for a week for some, you know, poetry. Here are the results from the limerick contest. We had more than 100 entries in the 24-hour window. Thanks to all who participated.
As you criticize Wozniacki
One player screams early
• Serena's repugnant behavior? The double standard of invoking the hindrance rule for "Come on" but not for "UUGHHHEEEEE-aaaa"? The rise of King Novak? Where do Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer go from here? We're back next week at our regularly scheduled time, place and format.
• I recently learned of a Swiss couple who, in lieu of gifts, asked wedding guests to make a contribution to the
• Speaking of Federer, check out this
• Here are the interview transcripts (and video) for
• The lunatic fringe of both the Federer-ites and Nadal-philes turn nasty in a hurry, and from time to time, I get caught in the crossfire. (Last week, for the first time, I had to block a particularly discourteous Twitter follower, after which I was apparently told to "watch my back.") At some level, sports are all about irrational passion. But the hostility and creepy aggression seems particularly out of place here. Both Federer and Nadal spend so much time traversing the high road, they should qualify for reward points. Neither traffics in hate or bile or victimhood. When some of their supporters become so antisocial, it's strikingly at odds with both players. It's like gun-toting Gandhi fans.
• Let the record reflect that
• What's that? Accountability? Contrition? Taking ownership of a mistake? An indication that maybe she's not the victim, but simply made a regrettable choice -- something we all do from time to time?
• A reader thought that when the Williams sisters played in the 2008 Wimbledon final, Serena conceded a point to Venus after she yelled out midpoint, an admission that she had violated, yes, the hindrance rule. I couldn't find this in my notes but if anyone can confirm (or better yet, spark up some video) it would be appreciated.
• Alex Bousamra of Little Rock, Ark.: "Just an observation: All four women's Grand Slam winners this year are NON-grunters (Kim Clijsters, Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur). Non-grunters vs. Grunters: 4-0. The latter should take notice and decrease the decibels."
• Milos Raonic will take on Pete Sampras on Nov. 17, 2011, in the first tennis event held at Air Canada Centre.
• It's the
• Helen of Philadelphia: Long lost triplets (think about it...) --