It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

Newz Forum: OTHER: Safin controversy again

page: 1
0

log in

join
share:
TRD

posted on May, 30 2004 @ 08:18 AM
link   
Marat Safin was at the centre of controversy at the French Open when his call for treatment almost certainly robbed 22-year-old qualifier Potito Starace of one of the biggest shocks in tennis.
 

The Italian, playing his first Grand Slam tournament, was serving for the match at 5-4 up and deuce in the fourth set, having already squandered two match points, when Safin called for the trainer to treat blisters on his right hand. The French crowd jeered and whistled as Safin took his time and Starace paced the court while his entourage in the players' box voiced their disapproval. When play resumed Safin immediately produced a brilliant top spin lob to gain the momentum, break Starace's serve and go on to win the set. And while the Italian battled manfully in the fifth set, saving five match points, his chance had gone and he succumbed to a 6-7 6-4 3-6 7-5 7-5 defeat - his concentration broken by the controversial rule which allows the match to be stopped in such circumstances. At the end of four hours and 25 minutes Safin was booed off court while Starace was cheered by the remaining spectators in the gloom of Court Philippe Chatrier.




new topics
 
0

log in

join