Saturday, May 30, 2009

Andy Roddick to play Monfils in Quarter Finals?

Andy Roddick is doing great and is on track to play Gael Monfils in the Quarter Finals.  That promises to be a great match between two exceptionally fine players but for one tiny thing.
Today, during the match between Monfils and Metzer, the commentators stated as the camera panned the audience behind Monfils at one end of the court that Monfils' coach tended to coach from the side-lines.  They said it;  I didn't.
But it was clear that the coach was giving Monfils instructions or directions, not just cheering him on as other coaches are seen to do.  [Actually, other coaches tend to sit back and remain silent throughout matches.]  The commentators stated that it is against tournament rules for coaches to give instructions or directions from the side-lines to their players during matches but, if the commentators are correct in this case, no one seemed to mind in this case or no one in authority dared say anything.
If Monfils' coach was doing that and I cannot say that he was or wasn't, then Andy will be playing two people on the court and not just Monfils.  
Monfils is a great player with heart and integrity all on his own.  He doesn't need "coaching" from the side-lines.  It is clear that Monfils is a man of integrity and would never break the rules because he shows great respect for his opponents and for the game.
I like Monfils especially well for the fine player that he is and for the sportsmanship that he demonstrates on the court.  Monfils has "got game."  But if Andy Roddick has to play two people on the court in his singles match against Monfils, then Andy will just have to beat them both.
Let's hope the commentators just misread the situation, eh?  You watch the re-run and see what you think.  It was interesting that the commentators saw fit to mention it.  Hmm.....


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