The Art of the Australian Insult

Unsporting behaviour
February 4, 2009, 2:19 am
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Two comments on the behaviour of the crowd watching the match between Jelena Dokic and Alisa Kleybanova at the Australian Open:

The Herald describes the crowd rising to their new champion (“It’s Jelena’s day”, January 26). In fact the crowd were disgusting in their bias. They applauded Alisa Kleybanova’s faults and roared with appreciation at unforced errors. There was hardly a murmur when she levelled at 6-6 in the third set. One felt the crowd would have thrown their chairs at Kleybanova if they hadn’t been screwed down.

Max Perry Maroubra

Sorry, Alisa Kleybanova, for the bias, the jingoism and the rotten sportsmanship you had to contend with at the Rod Laver Arena. You may be surprised to know that most Australians believe in “a fair go”, and commend your play and behaviour under the most difficult circumstances.

Lois Pembroke Killara


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