The Witness - - CLASSIFIEDS / SPORT -

NOT since Ro­ma­nian Ilie Nas­tase’s bad boy an­tics at ma­jor ten­nis tour­na­ments has a player vi­o­lated rules at courts.

Serena Wil­liam’s out­bursts at an um­pire af­ter re­al­is­ing a loss was im­mi­nent against ris­ing star, Naomi Osaka, a Ja­panese-born player of mixed ex­trac­tion, was a clear breach of player eti­quette not be­fit­ting a global phe­nom­e­non. Just a match away from break­ing Mar­garet Court’s record, Serena’s vit­riol re­ceived neg­a­tive re­sponses from some of her ad­mir­ers, which in­cluded the player whom she wanted to over­haul as the game’s leg­end.

The black-on-black out­burst, prob­a­bly a rare oc­cur­rence at in­ter­na­tional sports games, will surely add to the list of player codes that will now in­clude not just racist jibes, but a stop­page of win-at-all-costs stunts so rem­i­nis­cent of an Aus­tralian skip­per who got banned for un­fair play­ing prac­tices. A MODAK, Robertsham

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