• Simona Halep of Romania throws her racquet at the 2016 Sydney International (AAP Image) (AAP)Source: AAP
Apparently the Olympics are all about peace and goodwill to all men - hang on that's Christmas. Sorry - fair play, peace, sportsmanship and the joy found in effort. But most of the time tennis is far from that. Won't somebody please think of the children?
3 Jun 2016 - 5:38 PM  UPDATED 4 Jun 2016 - 10:04 AM

1. The tantrums

You can find more than 1 minute videos out there of these racquet breaking, referee and ball kid abusing sportspeople anywhere on the interwebs. 

Tantrums are as much a part of tennis as the net and the balls. Throwing your racquet and abusing officials is taught at tennis academies around the world. Probably.


2. The long matches

Because of the advantage set (the last set must be win by two games essentially) tennis games could potentially last for hours and hours. 

And they have. Just ask John Isner and Nicholas Mahut. Many have called it the best tennis game ever, some called it a yawn fest. Whatever it is, it's over 11 hours fans aren't going to get back.

In a multi-sport setting the broadcaster is only going to show bits of it, and probably not the best ones. It's so inconsiderate.  Keep it short and simple, sweets - our couch potato time during the Olympics is sacred.  


3. They have little servants

Joy in the effort?  Ball kids do everything for tennis players. From running around chasing and throwing balls, collecting sweaty towels and clothing, to getting drinks and general dogsbody tasks. 12 hour days and depending on the tournament - virtually no pay. 

It's like Downton Abbey out there. 


4. Gold medal? They already get so much bling

Look at that silverware. That'll look good in the front room. 


5. Gold medal? They already get so much bling 

Nope, it's not a typo. This bling is money. 

Hardly seems Olympic idealsy. 

We can think 7 better Olympic sports than golf
Golf is the spoiled hedge-fund banker of sports, hogging the land, rolling in money and exclusive AF. We can think of 7 better sports for the Summer Olympics.