Archive for March 3rd, 2007

HawkEye under fire?

March 3, 2007

hawkeye in dubai

Did Rafael Nadal just bark up the wrong umpire chair while playing against Mikhail Youzhny in the Dubai semis? He lost 7-6 (5), 6-3, but only after questioning a call that was questioned: Nadal seemed to have gotten to 6-6 in the first set tiebreak when Youzhny’s shot was called out, but Youzhny challenged, and the HawkEye called the shot in. Nadal saw that it was out, the umpire saw that it was out, (and apparently there was a mark, but I’m not sure how there can be a mark on the “fairly fast hardcourt”) but HawkEye called it in. wtf? Nadal says that having the Hawkeye at the French will bring its ineffectiveness to the surface. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

the wimbledon pay debate

March 3, 2007

wimbledon 2006 champions

As frivolous as the Corned Beef Hash beat seems to be, there are times when we have to address major issues in the tennis world. Two weeks ago, The All-Englad Lawn and Tennis Association finally caved to years of pressure and established an equal pay scale for all the male and female players who participate at Wimbledon.

Of the four Grand Slams, only Roland Garros differs. While they offer the same prize money to both men and women’s winners, men still receive higher pay for winning the earlier rounds.

The women, and most of the men, were ecstatic: Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King, and John McEnroe all issued statements immediately. And while the ATP soon followed with its own positive statement, its members offered mixed reactions. Both Tommy Haas and Mardy Fish have expressed discontent. (more…)

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