Tennis-X Notes: Rafter Returns, Players Busted for Gambling
by Staff | July 28th, 2008, 10:51 am
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I’M BACK MATE: Former No. 1 Patrick Rafter will play competitive singles tennis for the first time in seven years after announcing that he will compete in the BlackRock Tour of Champions event in Graz, Austria, this week. “This year I have decided to get fit again,” Rafter said. “I train about five days a week which is gym, running, and some other interesting fitness techniques. I surf as much as I can as well. I understand quite a few of the players play the tournaments (on the BlackRock Tour of Champions) so while it would be great to win in Graz, I just want to play well.”…


FINALLY NO. 1?: Rafael Nadal will become the new No. 1 next Sunday if he wins the title at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati and Roger Federer loses before the semifinals…

NEW ATP SPONSOR?: According to the Sports Business Journal, the ATP World Tour is in advanced talks with global insurance giant Aviva to take over the main sponsorship of the men’s circuit…

Blogger Cheryl Murray from TennisTalk at the ATP Toronto stop: “I should qualify that by saying that SOME ATP players are pigs. It just so happened that I ran into at least four players on Monday that have porcine tendancies. Judging by the reaction one particularly attractive journalist got, oggling is de rigeur on the men’s tour. I personally watched a German player look down this woman’s shirt TWICE. Poor form, Tommy. Very poor form.”…

France’s Mary Pierce is out of the Beijing Olympics with a knee injury…Marcos Baghdatis pulled from Toronto with a right wrist injury…Tatiana Golovin pulled from Montreal with a back injury…

Doubles specialists Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak were found guilty of betting on matches by the ATP. Cermak has been suspended for 10 weeks and fined US $15,000, while Mertinak has been handed a two-week suspension and a $3,000 fine. An ATP statement read: “An ATP investigation launched in November 2007 found that Mr. Cermak had wagered on tennis matches during a period dating from 9 September 2006 through 1 February 2007. Additionally, the same investigation found that Mr. Mertinak had wagered on tennis matches during October of 2006.”…

SERENA BOORISH ALL-AROUND? From SI.com’s Jon Wertheim: “In a perverse way, I was relieved that Serena was so typically sour and surly in defeat after the Wimbledon final. She falls in a close, well-played match to the defending champ — who, oh yeah, is her sister — and scarcely musters a word of praise. You know what? Good. It would be so distasteful and lame if Serena talked about Justine Henin’s “lucky” shots or her lacking performance against Katarina Srebotnik in Paris and then was all smiles when she lost to Venus. She might be boorish in defeat. But at least she’s consistently boorish!”…

From the Canadian Press on the upcoming Beijing Olympics: “Jelena Jankovic of Serbia has also played in Beijing, where she said a fine coating of soot covered her body during matches. “It was a quite dirty, quite polluted area, but hopefully they will do the best they can to clear it because sometimes it looks like it’s foggy,” she said. “It can affect your breathing.”…


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15 Comments for Tennis-X Notes: Rafter Returns, Players Busted for Gambling

jane Says:

“a fine coating of soot covered her body during matches. “It was a quite dirty, quite polluted area, but hopefully they will do the best they can to clear it because sometimes it looks like it’s foggy,” she said. “It can affect your breathing.”…”

Not good, not good. Betcha this affects the USO. Players will be dropping like flies. They were last year, and they weren’t breathing soot for a week or two beforehand.


Giner Says:

“Blogger Cheryl Murray from TennisTalk at the ATP Toronto stop: “I should qualify that by saying that SOME ATP players are pigs. It just so happened that I ran into at least four players on Monday that have porcine tendancies. Judging by the reaction one particularly attractive journalist got, oggling is de rigeur on the men’s tour. I personally watched a German player look down this woman’s shirt TWICE. Poor form, Tommy. Very poor form.”…”

If you’re going to dress in a way that invites people to look, do not be surprised if they take you up on it. If you don’t want us to look, don’t dress that way, and then call us out for it. Admit it, if not for attention, why DO you dress that way?


andrea Says:

patrick rafter…i always liked him. very congenial.

i know everyone loved the wimby final this year but the year that patrick and goran played was the craziest fan environment i’ve ever witnessed at wimbledon – the loud aussies and the crazy croats. it was electric.

despite it being the second year in a row that rafter went down in the final, i was happy that goran won. particularly since he’d been runner up three other times and won the damn thing on a wild card!


Von Says:

giner:

If you’re going to dress in a way that invites people to look, do not be surprised if they take you up on it. If you don’t want us to look, don’t dress that way, and then call us out for it. Admit it, if not for attention, why DO you dress that way?”

I absolutely agree. If a shirt is buttoned up correctly, it would be impossible to look down the opening. Women who dress in that mannerare seeking attention due to some underlying insecurity. You don’t put bait on a fishing rod unless you want the fish to bite and be caught.


Ra Says:

giner,

I also agree.

Von,

I agree with your assessment except that I don’t think it’s a phenomenon that is exclusively motivated by insecurity. There are many reasons for such behavior. For example, it may very well help her get her questions heard, or it may be that she wants to hook up for purely hedonistic purposes. I often hear insecurity cited as the blanket reason for anything overtly sexual, but I tend to think that is a gross oversimplification that pigeonholes something that is not necessarily motivated by weakness, insufficiency, or character flaw.


jane Says:

Wait a second – I just have to ask – did it *say* the interviewer was wearing a revealing top? It said she was “attractive” but I don’t see anything about what she was wearing. It *is* possible to look down a person’s top even if the top is not “revealing”. For instance, perhaps she bent forward to pick up something, and the top moved away from her body. Maybe this is less likely than the interviewer dressing provacatively, but I’d like to see the full evidence before I blame the victim.


Giner Says:

Wow, I wasn’t expecting agreement from a girl. :)

I read a bit of research that when women dress scantily or tantalisingly, it may have something to do with fertility. During certain cycles of the month they are more fertile. Subconsciously of course. But they do want to be noticed. It’s hard to argue against that. In some cases, it’s blatant.

I just don’t think Cheryl Murray has a valid complaint. Tommy is a man, and he’s driven by pre-programmed instinct. I wouldn’t call him a pig for it. Ask any straight man if they’ve ever looked down a woman’s top, and if they say no, chances are, they’re lying. Sorry, but there’s nothing unusual about it.


Giner Says:

“Wait a second – I just have to ask – did it *say* the interviewer was wearing a revealing top? It said she was “attractive” but I don’t see anything about what she was wearing. It *is* possible to look down a person’s top even if the top is not “revealing”. For instance, perhaps she bent forward to pick up something, and the top moved away from her body. Maybe this is less likely than the interviewer dressing provacatively, but I’d like to see the full evidence before I blame the victim.”

The blogger said she caught him doing it TWICE. There is a chance she may have dropped her pen twice, but my eyes are rolling right now. The blogger also says she caught at least FOUR guys doing it.

I’m not really blaming the victim, I’m just saying that you can’t really blame Tommy for it either. If I’m blaming anyone, it’s more the blogger. She shouldn’t act so surprised or repulsed that it happens. If she is serious about her objection, then I’d say she doesn’t know men as well as she should.


jane Says:

Giner,

I agree that the blogger’s blanket statement that players on the ATP tour are “pigs” is downright stupid (too much blonde hair dye there Cheryl?). But I wanted to take issue with the fact that it wasn’t stated what the woman was wearing. You presumed she was dressed provocatively. Moreover, it could be that something else was pushing her top away from her body allowing men to look down it – think Pam Anderson – so it’s not necessarily what she was wearing, ya know? I hope you take my point.

It’s like saying if a woman goes out wearing a short skirt, well then… .I have a problem with that; maybe she likes short skirts; maybe she’s gay, even; maybe it has nothing to do with wanting men to look at her.


Von Says:

Ra:

“There are many reasons for such behavior. For example, it may very well help her get her questions heard, or it may be that she wants to hook up for purely hedonistic purposes ….”

If you noticed I mentioned attention and insecurity. What I’m trying to imply hinges on the theory that in order for someone to receive attention if there’s an underlying insecurity, e.g., getting her questions heard, then she might need to do something a little out of the ordinary, e.g., dressing provocatively. Who knows, Tommy most probably had that certain gleam in his eye, and it may not have had any association whatsoever with provocative dressing.


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Ra Says:

Von,

I think I understand where you are coming from, but the statement “Women who dress in that manner are seeking attention due to some underlying insecurity.” is complete and definitive in nature. Also, I don’t see that having “an underlying insecurity” is an implicit causal factor for doing “something a little out of ordinary” (whether that something is dressing provocatively or not). In the realm of human perception and cognition, that which stands out from the ordinary is precisely what gets attention and, in that sense, is really the only device that one can use to get attention regardless of the motive. It’s not that I don’t agree that your premise is often relevant; I just think it is unfair as an all-encompassing explanation.


zola Says:

Pat Rafter!

Is there a feed for Black Rock?

****
well, not to say that all the ATP players are saints, but I, too, think that’s a harsh blanket statement from that blogger.
Specially naming names, without giving the full detail, is not fair.

*****
I didn’t know MAry Pierce was still playing. Didn’t she hurt ( or rather broke ) her knee? I thought she retired from tennis after that injury.


Von Says:

Ra:

“In the realm of human perception and cognition, that which stands out from the ordinary is precisely what gets attention and, in that sense, is really the only device that one can use to get attention regardless of the motive.”

I understand and agree with you that we tend to give attention to that which stands out, or catches the eye, sort of taking a second look, or doing a double take.


Dani DeVine Says:

I happened to see the woman to whom she referred in her blog, and her dress was not particularly provocative. I have a feeling that Mrs. Murray’s comment was meant to be tongue in cheek, rather than taken literally.

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