Archive for February, 2018

postheadericon Racism Rife in the Tennis World

A freshman tennis player from Appalachian State University and his coach have both been suspended, the former for an indefinite period of time, due to insensitive conduct. The accusation of a racially charged remark being made was considered, and the result is that neither bigot will be allowed back, for a while at least.

 

Folks turned away from the slots NZ has to offer in order to see how the situation would be dealt with, and were not, thankfully, disappointed by the university’s swift and fair response.

 

Derogatory Statements Aimed at North Carolina Senior

 

After a decisive victory over John Wilson, a senior at North Carolina A&T, Spencer Brown, of App State, was accused of making disparaging comments to Wilson, who is black. Brown apparently told Wilson that he, at least, knew who his father was.

 

Wilson, who also has a position as senior class president at AT&T, took his outrage to Twitter after the match had been concluded, calling out Brown and sharing details of the denigratory remarks that were made. Wilson also stated that one of the coaches for App State diminished the importance of the incident, saying that it was not possible that Brown had been racist since there were black men on their team.

 

App State Won’t Tolerate Racism

 

After looking into the claims made by Wilson, Appalachian State came to the conclusion that Wilson’s claims were accurate, and the school then released a statement, which announced Brown’s indefinite suspension. It read that they were aware of the offensive, derogatory behaviour committed by Brown, and that his suspension was effective immediately, put into place for a violation of the student-athlete policy of discipline. They then concluded that they had reached out to #NCAT in order to apologise on behalf of Appalachian Athletics and the university as a whole for Brown’s conduct.

 

 

 

The Coach Will Be Dealt With Too

 

The investigation also came to the conclusion that the head coach for App State, Doug Lake, was the instructor who had brushed Brown’s behaviour during the match. On Tuesday it was announced that Lake would also be serving a four-match suspension as a result of his behaviour. Doug Gillin, the athletic director for App State, released a statement after Lake got suspended, which said that the conduct in display on Sunday did in no way reflect the values of App State’s tennis programme, department, or university. This conclusion is proof that in sports there are all kinds of crimes and transgressions and they should not be ignored.

 

Serena and Venus Williams Suffer the Same

 

Unfortunately even the biggest players in the world are subject to this type of treatment, with Venus and Serena Williams’ father reporting that his family have also been the subject of racial slurs, mentioning particularly the Indian Wells tennis tournament after Venus withdrew from a match against her sister. Richard Williams spoke of his family being booed and taunted by the crowd, and his daughter being called a worthless n*%#$r as they walked to their seats.

 

While racism may not be as unusual as some of us may have believed it to be, the heartening news is that at least there are consequences for those who indulge in it these days.

 

postheadericon Nadal’s Controversial Australian Open Default Highlights Tennis’ Injury Issues

When John McEnroe starts wondering whether Rafael Nadal was taking advantage of rules at the Australian Open, tennis very clearly has a problem. Does a player have to have an injury that has occurred during the match, wondered McEnroe during the final stages of the quarter-final match between Nadal and Marin Čilić at the Australian Open, which came to an end when the world number one retired due to injury in the 5th set.

 

Tennis Needs Both Players to be Able

 

Unlike the majority of spectator sports, the game of tennis relies on both players being able to play. There are no substitutions available, so if a player can’t continue, the match ends and the fans are left disappointed. While it sometimes possible to move the next match onto the tennis court a little early, in general a mid-match retirement is problematic.

 

Are Healthy Players Taking Advantage of the Rules?

 

In much the same way that unscrupulous players taking advantage of the Welcome Bonus’ and such that internet-based casinos initially handed out for the online pokies NZ and the rest of the world has to offer necessitated the more onerous terms and conditions attached to these nowadays, players may be taking advantage of the injury rules in tennis.

 

This is why the tennis powers-that-be have had to start taking steps to address the issue: the rules as they stand allow largely healthy players to take advantage. Nadal retired against Čilić, ultimately, mitigating some of the impact of the injury delay, but there are cases when injury timeouts have seriously impacted the outcome of major matches.

 

Allowances for Injury Not Loss of Condition

 

Back in the days of amateur play, which took place on grass courts by players outfitted in white, tennis relied on a strict and simple code: play had to be continuous, and, if a player was unable to serve or receive, they would be penalised, and ultimately defaulted. There were allowances made for injuries, like sprained ankles, but not for a loss of condition, like cramps.

 

The Line Has Been Blurred

 

But, as players these days increasingly battle injuries during long playing seasons, the line has become blurred, if not wiped out completely. Illness as a result from the heat, for example, is now held to be a medical condition which can be treated, rather than the general fatigue players have to find a way to deal with.

 

Players are permitted a single timeout of 3 minutes for each treatable medical condition, but, because the clock only begins after the trainer has made a diagnosis, the reality is that the disruption is usually a lot longer -sometimes as long as 30 minutes from end to end.

 

Which brings us back to McEnroe’s concerns regarding the injury timeouts taken by Nadal. The problem is, naturally, that the very treatment that is helping one player stay in the game is also delaying the match, something which generally detrimentally affects his or her opponent, and stricter rules are going to have to be put into place.

postheadericon Brett Phillips Weighs In

Many sports fan will recognise the sound of his voice, thanks to the fact that Brett Phillips used to work as a commentator for tennis, the AFL, and the AFL Women’s team, alongside his hosting duties at the SEN radio station, based in Melbourne.

 

Speaking at the Burnie International tennis business lunch about important tennis players from Australia, Phillips also spoke of what he thought about Tasmania now having an AFL team of their own and why he feels that the AFL Women’s League is here to stay.

 

Grassroots Sporting Levels is Where Great Stories Begin

 

Phillips stated that his own personal love of tennis came about as a result of working at the first-rate Australian Open, but that the most basic sporting levels is where the good stories usually come from. He added that that was where the journey usually begins, and that these smaller tournaments were where one had to go to get started. Much like the fact that new players don’t hit the roulette tables the first time they visit an online gambling casino, but start off at games like slots and such, the love of sport was born in a more gradual way, for him at least.

 

Mousley Praises the Facilities

 

Bradley Mousley, the young player from Adelaide, also gave his two cents at the event, and commended the international’s facilities. He spoke of there being a lot of work being put into the centre court, and the fact that these were now some of the finest facilities in Australia meant that the sponsors must have put a serious amount of work in.

 

Mousley is set to play in the doubles final on Friday night, alongside partner Brydan Klein.

 

Phillips on Tomic, Kyrgios, and Barty

 

Mr Phillips gave his opinion on a number of well known Australian players, both male and female, including Bernard Tomic and NIck Kyrgios. Referring to Tomic, Phillips stated that he was an excellent player on the court, and had a distinct playing style. He stated that nobody knew the real Tomic, though, and that, in Phillips’ opinion, Tomic had not had the right people around him. He expressed the belief that Tomic could get back into the Top 20, however.

As for Kyrgios, Phillips called his tennis play otherworldly, and felt that he could most definitely make to the number one player in the world. He added that he felt that Kyrgios was Australia’s best hope, being fixable, but that he did not think it was possible for Bernard. He also stated that, although women’s tennis was struggling, it was lucky that Ash Barty had made a return, because he felt that she could easily rank within the world’s Top Ten.

 

When asked about his opinions on Tasmania getting its own AFL team, Phillips said that it was absolutely necessary. In order to be true national competitors, a team was necessary. Phillips also started commentating for the AFL women’s competitions this year, and admitted that learning a lot of new names had been challenging. He ended off by saying that there is a group of women developing the sport at the moment, and he thought it was a wonderful thing.

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