Serena Williams’ outrageous outburst!

 

Serena Williams at the 2008 Wimbledon Champion...

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Serena Williams, oh dear. I have to admit I’m not a massive follower of tennis but I take a keen interest in Wimbledon and have grown up with the Williams sisters at the forehead of women’s tennis. I am a big supporter of both of them and what they have achieved in their respective careers is absolutely fantastic for any sports person. To me they seemed true sportswomen-hungry, hardworking, dedicated and damn good! Now as I said I’m not too hot on tennis so my opinions maybe slightly out of place but I want to focus on Serena Williams outburst in the US Open Final 2011.

YouTube clip of the US Open Final-Williams vs Stosur

It was just  embarrassing to watch such a celebrated athletic turn to such childish behaviour in her anger. I can sympathise and understand Williams’ annoyance with the decision in such a high profile game. However, you have to remember that she brought the decision upon herself by acting in a unsporting manner by calling out ‘come on’ before the point was actually hers. Arguably this could have put her opponent off and the Umpire, playing by the rules, had to give the point to Stosur because she touched the ball.

Personally I feel disappointed that Williams lowered herself to this level, she has an amazing record in championships and has the ability to win more but losing her temper so publicly has made a mockery of her past successes.

Sports personal who are watched with a beady eye by the media need to understand their responsibility to lead by example. Sport has a massive influence on young children and celebrities need to be big enough to control their actions, they certainly have a big enough pay check to persuade them.

The worse thing for me was that Williams was obviously so furious with the decision she insulted the Umpire and judged her as an inferior. More and more celebrities from all backgrounds see themselves as untouchable and take no responsibility for their actions. Williams called the Umpire a ‘loser and unattractive inside’ which has nothing to do with the game and was unnecessary. It made her opponent look like a worthy winner and a respectable sports-women unlike the blustering Williams.

This pathetic outburst from a player I have a lot of respect for has really made me think again about Williams’ attitude. She should be rejoiced for what she is brilliant at; tennis, but I fear this needless outburst will linger like an unpleasant smell over her remaining years at the top of world tennis.

If we can learn anything from this, it is that we should all be gracious winners, and losers whatever our circumstance or situation.

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3 thoughts on “Serena Williams’ outrageous outburst!

  1. darkjade68 says:

    This is not the first time. I was a Serena fan until she had an outburst a year or two ago, where she demoralized a little Asian lady that couldn’t hardly speak English. In my opinion, and this is harsh, I think she should retire from Tennis. I don’t care how much money she makes, or how great a player she is, she’s got bigger issues to deal with. Namely, once again kinda harsh, but her Families kinda nuts.

  2. Maybe I’m just an old geezer (ok, I am an old geezer, and you kids get off my lawn!) but it seems to me being a prima donna isn’t the best aspect you can bring along with your phenomenal athleticism.

    Just me.

  3. joejames93 says:

    hahaa metaphorical lawn, love it! No doubt she is an amazing athlete but most probably due to my ignorance I didn’t realise she had such a poor attitude. It really hit me. She appeared so brattish-if that is even a word? which was a real shame.

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