Sportsmanship in Tennis
Andy Roddick's "Yeah, I cost myself the match but I'm a good, honorable person" moment yesterday against Fernando Verdasco got me to thinking about sportsmanship in tennis.
Now I can easily remember the "foul play" moments in recent tennis history. There was Justine Henin-Hardenne in her 2003 French Open semifinal against Serena Williams neglecting to mention to the chair umpire that she had raised her hand to indicate she wasn't ready to receive Serena's serve and not allowing Serena to replay the serve. There was Karolina Sprem at her coming out party last year at Wimbledon when she beat Venus Williams and "failed to notice" that the umpire had given her a free point in the tiebreak. And there was the Serena Williams-Jennifer Capriati match last year at the U.S. Open when the chair umpire made an obvious bad call and Capriati pretended not to have seen it.
But when it comes to examples of fair play in tennis, I'm stumped. I can't think of a single one. Anyone have a better memory than me?