I know I’m not alone when it comes to certain annoyances that go along with being a fan of professional tennis. And with as much negative press some of these things get, you’d think there would be some change, right?
The Scream Queens
Sara Errani… Maria Sharapova… Victoria Azarenka… Just SHUT UP already! Professional women’s tennis has become such an annoying shriek-fest, which is not only distracting to the players but to the spectators and at-home viewers as well. Even if I mute the matches, it’s STILL annoying because then I miss the commentary, which is usually quite entertaining and sometimes even educational. *Sigh* I was so hoping that by now there would have been some kind of regulation in place to control the screaming banshees, but alas it is not to be. Ugh!
Nadal’s constant picking
Don’t get me wrong – I love Rafa. IMO he’s one of the best players in the world… But (no pun intended)… He needs to STOP picking his shorts out of his butt – like yesterday! It’s the most ridiculous of all of the players bad habits, and I’m tired of seeing it dozens (hundreds..?) of times during his matches. You’d think that at the very least, someone from his publicity team would tell him to stop, or at least buy some properly fitting shorts! Hey Nike – you’ve been dressing Nadal for years… can’t you custom design a pair of shorts to accommodate the junk in his trunk?
The WTA/ATP ranking system
That a player can be number one in the world without ever winning a single grand slam is beyond me. Caroline Wozniacki held the coveted position for a whopping 67 weeks, Dinara Safina for 26 weeks, Jelena Jankovic for 18 weeks, and Marcelo Rios for 6 weeks. And how is that, you ask? Because the true top players don’t play in every tournament – especially those with smaller purses – so the rest of the tennis world doesn’t have to beat them to claim those points. I’m sorry, but rankings shouldn’t be based on just point totals alone… That’s just W-R-O-N-G… wrong! If you can’t regularly take down a player like Serena Williams, then you’re NOT number one!
Empty stadium seats
Every tournament outside of the second week of the Slams has way too many empty stadium seats. I know this because the TV cameras capture the hundreds of vacant seats during the matches. It gives the appearance that tennis doesn’t have that many fans, which of course, we know is not true. If I were in charge of the venues, I’d either drop the cost of these events so that Average Joe and his family can afford to attend, and/or give most (or all) of the unsold tickets to local tennis clubs a day or so in advance. Those peeps would DEFINITELY use them. AND, because those same peeps would no doubt spend money on food and beverages while they’re there, that’s a win-win!
Whew!! Thanks for letting me get that off my chest! Do you have any complaints about professional tennis? Let’s discuss in the comments below :-)