Crossing The Line

A foot fault in tennis is defined as the player serving past the baseline, which would give that player a distinct advantage in the point.
On an average weekend game in clubs and parks across the country, you’ll find many weekend amateur tennis players “jumping the line” without any penalty. After all, in most cases, it’s just a friendly weekend game.
Things are a little different at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows,  New York.

While professional tennis players rarely are called for a foot fault, the call is made by the line judge who’s sole job is to make sure the player’s sole doesn’t cross the line.
In the women’s semifinal match between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters, Williams broke her tennis racquet in anger after she lost the 1st set to her unseeded opponent.
It was worse at the end of the match.

No doubt you’ve heard the rant that Serena lashed upon the line judge and the verbal threat she made to the line judge.

I’m interesting the reaction that Serena has made after the lapse in judgement.

Fined $10,000 for her tirade, Williams offered two letters of apology to the line judge and her fans. It’s a good move by a great player.

But it’s not enough, especially for Clijsters.

The story of a mother who returns to the game years after she retired to win a United States Open seems like it may turn into a Hallmark movie at some point. I hope they edit Serena’s fouled-mouthed display on Saturday evening at the Open.

Don’t me wrong, I love watching Serena play.

I just think she needs to lose with as much class as she wins her countless championships.



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