This is harsh. So harsh. A classic rule-book-strangling-all-forms-of-common-sense situation. At the Junior Australian Open on Monday, an umpire took the controversial decision of defaulting 17-year-old Maria Vittoria Viviani for “hitting a ball boy” with a tennis ball. That makes it sound worse than it is, though. Here’s the video. Like I said, harsh. It was a momentary outburst after losing the first set and it was hardly an outburst at all. She softly hit the ball over to the side without looking, and the second she sees it hit an unsuspecting ball boy running by, she immediately apologizes. The ball boy wasn’t even hurt, she told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I was enjoying the game. The kid
There isn't always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend. You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year's Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court. Well, twelve months on, the ball girl — real name Giuliana — penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament.
Andy Roddick won the U.S. Open, reached the final of Wimbledon three times and was a fixture in the top 10 for much of his career. “It’s not something I thought I was entitled to,” he told The Associated Press on Tuesday at the Australian Open. Roddick, 34, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 22 alongside four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, wheelchair tennis player Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, tennis historian and journalist Steve Flink and the late instructor Vic Braden. Roddick may not have collected as many Grand Slam trophies as Federer or other players of his generation, but he takes pride in the fact he reached No. 1 and his longevity at the top of the game.