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IndoMike

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It's the rules, automatic red card so to speak, as Tim Henman once found out.
Yes, I know. But good rules should allow for a little bit of common sense and not be implemented arbitrarily.
If he had whacked it deliberately at the line judge with the aim of hurting her I would agree, but the chance in a million that
it would hit her throat? Have you ever seen a line judge being hit by a ball in the throat in any circumstances?
There has to be a little bit of tolerance for expressions of emotion. Most tennis players are already like robots - few characters in the game.
So for me one game should have been deducted, but not the whole match.
PS. I'm not particularly a Djokovic fan.
 

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Yes, I know. But good rules should allow for a little bit of common sense and not be implemented arbitrarily.
If he had whacked it deliberately at the line judge with the aim of hurting her I would agree, but the chance in a million that
it would hit her throat? Have you ever seen a line judge being hit by a ball in the throat in any circumstances?
There has to be a little bit of tolerance for expressions of emotion. Most tennis players are already like robots - few characters in the game.
So for me one game should have been deducted, but not the whole match.
PS. I'm not particularly a Djokovic fan.
It's tennis though Indo. Not a contact sport and still run by people who stop for high tea without fail. Whilst the crowd secretly like shows of passion or even dissent, you get the pantomime reaction when the racket takes a battering, the hierarchy clutch their trouser hems and go into a paroxysm of tutting. Hence the rules, no courtside official much be touched in shows of dissent no matter how soft or accidental.

To be fair, if a footballer smashes the ball into the ground, as you see from time to time, they get a yellow card. If it hits the ref or lino, what colour card would you think will be coming?
 

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Women’s number one Ashleigh Barty pulls out of defending her title at this years French Open due to Coronavirus worries.
 

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Storming finish in the women’s elite race in the London Marathon with Sara Hall coming from nowhere to take second place right on the finish line from Ruth Chepngetich in third. Race winner Brigid Kosgei in a complete class of her own finishing +3:03 faster than Sara Hall.
 
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