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May 06, 2005



The Patrick Rafter/Andrei Chesnokov incident comes to mind. Rafter overturned a call in a third-set tiebreak that had been in Rafter's favour, and that gave Chesnokov a match point, which was converted.

Sorry, I can't remember when or where this took place.


Thanks - I didn't remember that one at all. Figures Rafter would do something like that though. That was always his style.

Colette Lewis

I've got a darn fine example from Scoville Jenkins at last year's National Junior Championships in Kalamazoo that I'm going to post on my website ( today. As everyone knows, Jenkins won the tournament, so he didn't pay the price that Roddick just did, but that's hindsight.


I took a look on your site. Nice story - I never heard it before. I only knew Jenkins from seeing him comprehensively beaten by Andy Roddick in the first round at last year's US Open. But we all have to start somewhere. I'll have to root for him next time.


The Swedes have generally been known for their sportsmanlike conduct, especially Magnus Larsson. I don't have any examples off the top of my head but in general they are a fine bunch :)

thomas pura

i think jose higueras had one of the best sportsmanship calls and eventually lost the match but i don't remember any of the details. it was awhile ago....


And if we're going with Swedes you have to mention Stefan Edberg. He didn't get the ATP sportsmanship award named after him for no reason, but I don't remember specific examples (and he was my favorite player back then - this is not a good sign!).

Generally, women are meaner than men, because of their natures! I'm sorry ladies it is true.


In the French Open Final, Roger overturned a call when Rafa's return was called out, he thought that it was good and he was up 40-0. He lost the game, and the ball was actully out.


That ball actually did touch the line. The mark on clay was more accurate than French Tv's version of HawkEye. Federer himself has hawk-like eyes and as soon as the call was made, he reached for another ball and told the umpire that the ball was in. I was watching too and it looked pretty much to me that Nadal's ball clipped the baseline. There were many such examples like that about HawkEye disagreeing with the CLEAR MARK on clay, so I wouldn't put too much faith in that story about the 40-0 game. Although, I must say it was bad luck for the Fed that the call was incorrect in the first place and they had to replay the point. But I will admit that it was superb sportsmanship on the Rajah's point to not pull a JHH or J-Cap on that point. Bravo, Raj!

Jami Jordan

HEY! i looked on here for a project on sportsmanship..thank you for helping me out! --j.j.

Mike McIntyre

No problem - glad it helped.


Sidney Gendin

In the good, old days, on side courts, because of a shortage of line officials, players said when shots were in or out and usually they gave their opponents the benefit of the doubt.

In the really old days, when money was not an issue, everybody was honest. Once upon a time, Don Budge was getting ready to dump the next point because the umpire made a bad mistake in his favor. Von Cramm, the great German, told him not to do that because it would embarrass the official. Just play it as it lays, he advised, and privately apologize to your opponent.


hey i am doing a project on fair play can you help me out?

Mike McIntyre

Sure Hannah, email me at with any questions you have.

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