Whe plays tennis is far from a racket type. If you mean it. However, there are currently more and more men on the professional tour who not only play with their rackets in a playful way, but also use it as a weapon, whether on purpose or not. For far too long, freaks against referees and ball kids have been accepted as unwelcome exceptions and punished with relatively manageable fines.
So it should come as no surprise that one or the other choleric like Nick Kyrgios sees himself as part of a tennis show that is tolerated if not desired. Quasi as heir to John McEnroes, whose outbursts of anger today are happily remembered by many who were not among the victims at the time. All that shit has to end now.
Legs are just missing
Here is a small but not nice summary of the first three months of the tennis year: Alexander Zverev hits the referee’s chair and misses the referee’s legs narrowly; the American Brooksby angrily throws the bat away and almost hits a ball child; Australia’s Kyrgios carelessly throws his racket at a ball child, incessantly insults the referee and ruthlessly utters obscenities; the Canadian Shapovalov accuses a judge of being “corrupt”, the Russian Medvedev asks a judge how “stupid” he is and calls him “a kitten”.
Many former masters and other observers have long called for such behavior to be punished more severely and not to let anyone like Zverev get away with eight weeks of probation, but also to ban them for weeks or even months.
Only the light yellow card
Now the professional association ATP has finally responded and sent at least a minimum warning to the players: Do not continue like this, so tougher measures will be considered and the penalty catalog will be put to the test. The tennis professionals see, so to speak, a light yellow card – dare ATP draw red and temporarily remove one of their train numbers from the game?
Either way, patience must end. Above all, ATP and tournament organizers can no longer leave the judges alone. So far, the referees can not do much against bullying on the court. Therefore, there should be a clear list of penalties for freaks out, as for violating the time limit between servings.
First a warning and then a point deduction – or disqualification, as soon as a thrown club puts a person in danger. Warnings and fines are apparently not enough to bring all tennis professionals to their senses.