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...I was stunned by the way the commentators were crying down Dr. Bartoli yesterday. Not because I disagreed with what they were saying -- au contraire -- but because one so rarely expects such a high level of honesty from ESPN-hired commentators covering a match.

But those commentators held nothing back. One described her horror at watching Dr. Bartoli put his daughter through the paces of warming up for a match. It sounded almost as if Marion burns up so much energy in the bizarre preparation process that by the time she gets to the court, there is often little left. And they subtly blamed Dr. Bartoli for Marion’s repeated physical injuries. One said that she only lasts a few matches and then she has to call in sick. Another commented on the amount of fines she will now have to pay for her frequent time-outs for medical attention. And so on....

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Comment by tennischick on August 18, 2009 at 8:32pm
thanks. and i agree. but most sports are independent contractor sports no? i would certainly not prefer it if things were run by a syndicate.
Comment by Jazz Burks on August 17, 2009 at 9:54pm
Nice article. That is a problem with the womens game. It's not only fathers with a library or borders card, its also those Svengalli-esque slimeballs that form relationships with pupils 10 to 20 years their junior. As long as tennis remains an independent contractor sport, this will be a problem.

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