Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 08:59:46 AM. Tennis. By Iris Theresa.
Many will remember the rash of disastrous late and first-round withdrawals that plagued the slams, especially the back-to-back opening-round mid-match retirements that occurred on Wimbledon Centre Court. It certainly did not paint the sport in a great light, particularly when it unfolded at one of the most famous venues in all of sports. Thankfully, the Grand Slam Board has come up with two changes to help greatly reduce the chances of such an ugly scenario happening again.
Tennis players make a LOT of money. The ones at the top make millions a year, JUST from their on-court accomplishments alone (not to mention the mind-blowing figures of money thrown at them for sponsorship and adverts and so on). So, should there not be a certain respect, a certain decorum that acknowledges their position and their iconic status - something representative of their understanding how those they influence can mimic behavior, that they are not only heroes but examples of how to live life? Tennis needs strong role models who lead the way. The players not at the top make a lot of money too. The ones outside the top 100 can make a living that way. Of course, getting to 200 in the world is not easy, as that means a player is in the best 200 in the world. Just do the math on the world population and surely, it’s an impressive feat too. The point is, if Roger Federer who smashed rackets as a teenager can stop for the most part (he does occasionally have a tantrum), if Nadal can never ever smash one because his coach stated when he was a child that if he ever did that they would be finished, if those players can have the discipline and mental focus and not be violent and channel the frustration of some moments into improving their play in the following points, is that not what should be trained, encouraged and implemented on a much wider scale?
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