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Dmitry Tursunov Lays Into an Umpire Over Rafael Nadal!

Wow somebody has been bottling up his true feelings for too long! Dmitry Tursunov received a warning for taking too much time between points against Grigor Dimitrov at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday, and he used the opportunity to get up on his soapbox. 

“How much am I over?” Tursunov asked the umpire Cedric Mourier, “As much as Rafa or less?” The umpire informed Tursunov that he was a few seconds over the 25 second rule. “I think Rafa is eight seconds over and nobody ever gives him a warning... Rafa will pick his ass for 30 seconds and you guys will watch it. You’re not going to say a word.”

Ok, I see Tursunov's point. There is an inconsistency in when time violations are given and the top players do seem to get let off the hook a lot more. Rafael Nadal, of course, is famous for taking his sweet time between points. But the middle of the match is not really the time or place to bring up this issue! 

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Tursunow is damn right!!!! Nadal is cheater and refs are helping him to display full patelle of cheap cheating tricks!!!!
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPetar Jones
Calling Rafa a cheater only tells us your feeling about him. Has nothing to do with the issue at all.

Tursunov's comment are not only inappropriate, but are stupid instead. What has his warning to do with Rafa anyway? This is about his slow play. Some players seem to think this rule is only for Rafa. But guess what, it is not. Whoever thinks that umpires will treat every player the same is naive. That is not possible. Especially not when rules are said to be at the discretion of the umpire. That already makes treating everyone the same impossible. And that goes for all rules, time between points, MTO, hawk-eye, toilet break and so on. There will always be different decisions. And not always it has something do to with treating the top players better. That is the excuse of the lower ranked players.
February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
Well, the umpire brought it up, so this was the appropriate time, I think. And he's right. The top players always get things in their favor. A lot of politics behind the scenes, like all pro sports. I understand the need to speed things up, but it's tough when you've been sprinting for a minute of two. In the 3rd set, 25 seconds just isn't enough time to recover. To speed things up, don't change sides after the first game. Whomever wins the toss will just have to pay attention to where the sun is, if applicable. At the 3rd game they can change sides & serve from different ends. That'll speed things up a little. They may have to use a shot clock at the big tourneys because the present system is too subjective & unfair.
March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDon

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