AN UNNECESSARY OUTBURST
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