Lotus blooming

It got bigger since last week.

 

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I’m too comfortable, want a strike

So they want a strike, against Serena. Emmm… just what the tennis umpires do, other than sitting pretty high atop a chair? Line dispute? Opps, I didn’t see it. Let’s go to the video tape, while other major league referees are skating, jumping, running …

Tennis umpires are pushing back against Serena Williams and her charges of sexism, according to articles published Monday by two news media outlets.

The Times of London reported that chair umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams, although the newspaper did not identify the source of the information.

The Guardian reported that tennis officials are discussing forming a union that would empower them.

The potential moves stem from anger among officials after Williams accused chair umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism Saturday after Williams’ 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open women’s final. Ramos issued Williams three code violations, including one for verbal abuse, which cost her a whole game.

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The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) supported Williams’ claims of sexism. The International Tennis Federation (ITF), which oversees chair umpires for the four Grand Slam events, backed Ramos. But the ITF did not offer public support until 48 hours after the match and that delay angered officials, according to the Guardian.

Tennis umpires are independent contractors and generally prohibited from discussing specific matches. On Tuesday, Ramos told Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal, “I’m fine, given the circumstances. It’s a delicate situation.”

Other umpires are expressing anger.

“The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA,” Richard Ings, a retired, elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.com. “They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls.”

But Ings suggested it was unlikely the umpires would boycott Williams’ matches.

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The final

Serena suffered another injustice. Why doesn’t it happen again, and again, at her home grand slam US Open?

The 2018 US Open women’s final was decided by the chair umpire. We pay to watch the players fighting it out, NOT by referees or umpires.

Aleksandar (Sascha) Bajin (career high @ 1,149, a Serbian-born German) was Serena’s hitting partner for 8 years that ended in 2015 (reason unknown). Before taking up with Naomi Osaka, he had worked with Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, briefly.

  

Not condoning any abusive behaviors but tennis umpires seem to have thin skin. Being called a “thieve” is not, in my dictionary, abusive. They just sit in a tall chair, without doing much – IF there is a line dispute, the technology will decide. SO, what’s left for them to do, other than sit there, high atop? The referees @ NHL have to skate; @ NBA have to run; @ MLB have to move around … Only the tennis umpires, sitting pretty.

Funny, in the same tourney, a female player was issued a code violation because she took off her shirt – don’t men do that all the time?! And Umpire Mohamed Lahyani went ‘beyond protocol’, got down from his chair and talked to Nick Kyrgios (who behaved badly then after the talk, went on to win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.).

Some coverage of the women’s final:

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Lotus pond

While waiting for the third set, I came up this little corner … week 2week 3, week 4.

 

What a terrible final @ US Open!

 

 

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Wild winds

Lost 3, 2 and 4. Couldn’t sleep for the whole night. A good execuse? Whatever. A great day for tennis, except the wind. While waiting for the 3rd set, I came up on this pretty lotus pond

What a terrible final @ US Open!

   

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The sisters and their men

The Williams sisters at this year’s Open, her husband, her boyfriend (wearing a Harvard Law t shirt) and their family.

And their father Richard, not in the player’s box but being mentioned often. Nike runs a commercial showing Richard teaching Serena when she was a little girl, by saying, “… you’re in US Open …” And the commentators are hipping praise on him like never before – at least I didn’t hear. This comes as a little surprise, although I think Richard is very deserving.

A rare audience with Richard Williams on youtube from 2015.

 

 

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Marcelo Melo

Men’s doubles at the Grandstand on Day 9 at the Open. After sitting down I moved to another section bed there is this woman non stop calling “Marcelo”. It’s very annoying.

Now sitting at an angle, I could see her well. Is this a woman in love, or what? She doesn’t look like his mother.

 

 

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Boys Cannon Kingsley

2018 US Open, the juniors come out in the 2nd week. Kingsley is from Long Island, won in three sets (in action), after a heat suspension.

Juniors tennis are full of errors, which make me think more and are more relatable. X Wang

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Women’s doubles @ Louis

The second week at the US Open. Visibly quieter but just as hot, that some juniors’ matches are suspended due to the heat. The major leaguers are playing as usual.

 

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