Saturday, September 10, 2011

US OPEN: Outrage on Twitter over Stosur/Kerber Ashe snub

Sam Stosur (via Facebook): I think my Semi Final is at 6pm on Grandstand, if anyone wants to watch the ONLY SEMI FINAL not on Arthur Ashe Stadium, come out tomorrow.

Another day at the US Open and another fiasco – this time it’s because the organisers denied semi-finalists Angelique Kerber and world No9 Sam Stosur the implicit right of playing their last-four match on the main Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The unseeded German is scheduled to face Stosur - the 2010 French Open runner-up - on Saturday on the third biggest stadium (the second is Louis Armstrong but which is messed up from the rain) in Flushing Meadows, the Grandstand, taking a back seat to the two men’s semi-final matches and Serena Williams’ match with Caroline Wozniacki, which are all taking place on Arthur Ashe.

The decision has caused an outburst on social media websites leading former Major doubles champion Rennae Stubbs to call it a “travesty” while former US Open runner-up, Greg Rusedski described it as a “disgrace”.

Stubbs took to Twitter saying:

Rusedski - a former US Open runner-up - echoed Stubbs’ comments saying:

ESPN tennis analyst, coach and former US Open semi-finalist, Darren Cahill joined the bandwagon as well and tweeted this:

Considering the outrage from all tennis fans on Twitter, it was only natural that Stosur made the comment above about the issue on her Facebook page. She has every right to and I actually applaud the classy way she did it.

Yes there are scheduling factors that the USTA are considering but this has TV ratings written all over it.

It's not hard to fit four matches on Ashe, regardless of whatever problems they have with the schedule and after the whole rain shambles that took place the past couple of days, they really should be more careful and avoid doing something that stupid, thinking they weren't going to get called on it.

I feel bad for Kerber even more than Stosur because this is the German's first big break in a Slam and while of course they both deserve to be on Ashe, it must mean a little more to Kerber than Stosur, who had the luxury of playing on the main courts in all the other Slams (or at least on Philippe Chatrier and Rod Laver Arena).

Once again the US Open falls short!

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