A New York State of Mind

So many thoughts about the commentary from the Serena Williams match last night. It’s all over the internet and it isn’t pretty. Serena is the GOAT and she played an incredible match last night. The crowd in New York was relentless.

When it comes to sports, do you really think that it is proper etiquette to cheer when a player serves a double fault? Do you really think that it is proper etiquette to cheer when a player hits an easy overhead into the stands?

The Commentor often remarks that it makes a club player feel better about their game! LOL!

Yes, they are nervous! Wouldn’t you be? 22,547 seats, 45,094 eyeballs  in Arthur Ashe stadium all waiting for you to make a mistake! Intimidating and negative. UGH!!

The people in the first few rows play thousands of dollars to attend this event and I would like to believe that they know something about the game. I would like to believe that they have either played, watched a child or sibling play and have more than a first-grade education. Clearly, I misjudged them. Even in the press conference, the lack of etiquette blew my mind. How rude can one press person be? We already know the answer to that question!

I decided to refrain from criticizing, condemning, complaining, or blaming for 24 hours, and here I am breaking my own rule.

Yes, of course, it is okay to cheer when a player serves an ace!
Yes, of course, it is okay to cheer when a player hits a phenomenal shot called a tweener!
Yes, of course, it is okay to cheer when a player makes a sideline crosscourt unplayable shot!
Yes, of course, it is okay to cheer when a player makes a drop shot!

Take a deep breath and please employ your ‘Nana’s Manners’ on the next match!

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