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    US Open Tennis

    There probably isn't a lot of tennis fans out there but I was watching some coverage of the US Open and there was this big controversy involving Andi Roddick and the guy he was playing Santoro. Andi was up two sets and serving for the match up 30 love and he hit a 140 mph serve into the body of Santoro. Santoro ducked and got out of the way but then refused to play the last point because he felt Andi tried to hit him. Andi apologized after the match and said he didn't do it on purpose but I guess I don't understand what the big deal is. Is there some unwritten rule in tennis that says you can't hit a hard serve into the body of your opponent? I would hit it at the person every time if I could hit it 140 mph. I don't understand what Andi did wrong even if that was his intention.



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    Re: US Open Tennis

    Quote Originally Posted by bhoodjer View Post
    There probably isn't a lot of tennis fans out there but I was watching some coverage of the US Open and there was this big controversy involving Andi Roddick and the guy he was playing Santoro. Andi was up two sets and serving for the match up 30 love and he hit a 140 mph serve into the body of Santoro. Santoro ducked and got out of the way but then refused to play the last point because he felt Andi tried to hit him. Andi apologized after the match and said he didn't do it on purpose but I guess I don't understand what the big deal is. Is there some unwritten rule in tennis that says you can't hit a hard serve into the body of your opponent? I would hit it at the person every time if I could hit it 140 mph. I don't understand what Andi did wrong even if that was his intention.
    I kind of thought that was the point? To hit a serve that the other guy can't return? Whether it be away from him or right at him I don't see the difference, this guy just needs to suck it up. If it was me I'd try to hit them every damn time if it meant I could win the Open.


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    Re: US Open Tennis

    Yeah, maybe i have been doing something wrong the 12 or so years I have played. When I get an overhead I try to hit it at the person too. I don't necessarily try to hit the person but if I hit it at them they have to worry more about getting out of the way than returning it.



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    Re: US Open Tennis

    ESPN article said the complaint from the other guy was because Roddick was up 6-2, 6-2, 5-2 and serving. I don't think it is a big deal either. He got out of the way.


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    Re: US Open Tennis

    As an enthusiastic tennis player, and not a big fan of Roddick, I will say Santoro's reaction was pathetic. He gave up! Getting out of the way like that, then becoming angry about it, is embarrassing behavior even in a B league.
    BTW, I've been on the receiving end of beat-downs like that, and I would be more insulted by a player "taking it easy" on me than almost anything else.
    Like I believe John Thompson once said, you truly give your opponent your utmost respect by delivering to them your best effort until the game (or match) is completed.



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    Re: US Open Tennis

    I don't know much about tennis but that seems to be a pretty weak complaint. It is not like he was 5 feet away from Roddick and Roddick slammed it into his face.



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