Tennis is not a topic I pontificate about often, but as the linked article states, “It’s shameful what US Open did to Naomi Osaka.”
Naomi Osaka, 20 years old, just became the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam. Yet rather than cheer Osaka, the crowd, the commentators and US Open officials all expressed shock and grief that Serena Williams lost.
It’s hard to recall a more unsportsmanlike event.
At the awards ceremony, Osaka covered her face with her black visor and cried. The crowd booed her. Katrina Adams, chairman and president of the USTA, opened the awards ceremony by denigrating the winner and lionizing Williams — whose ego, if anything, needs piercing.
“Perhaps it’s not the finish we were looking for,” Adams said, “but Serena, you are a champion of all champions.” Addressing the crowd, Adams added, “This mama is a role model and respected by all.”
No, actually Serena is a petulant c*nt, and has promoted that disgusting image for her entire career. She is a talented tennis player, but a despicable human being.
[Respect is] not likely now, not after the world watched as Serena Williams had a series of epic meltdowns on the court, all sparked when the umpire warned her: No coaching from the side. Her coach was making visible hand signals.
“I don’t cheat to win,” Williams told him. “I’d rather lose.” She couldn’t let it go, going back multiple times to berate the umpire. At one point she called him a thief.
Ironically, she was cheating, since her coach was giving her hand signals…
After her loss, Williams’s coach admitted to ESPN that he had, in fact, been coaching from the stands, a code violation. The warning was fair.
Most media outlets have praised Williams for her behavior – People Magazine being the most egregious, calling Williams a “class act” – and ESPN was equally terrible, interviewing loser Williams before the victorious Osaka.
We are losing the American culture war, and the first casualties will be sports generally and sportsmanship specifically. The NFL is (thankfully) dying, but there are plenty of other leagues doing their level best to alienate fans. Baseball isn’t as big as it used to be, NASCAR is seeping fans, and tennis is destroying itself from within.