No one likes a ‘whiner’ and few sports produce as many of them as tennis. Whether it’s players pulling out of tournaments claiming alternately ‘injury’ or ‘exhaustion’ after falling in to the finals of a previous tournament and barely being competitive, players withdrawing due to ‘bad pedicures’ or superstars like Rafael Nadal just being as soft as a fluffy teddy bear tennis has plenty of malingerers that have seemed to lost touch with the fact that they’re professionals. The latest whine coming out of the professional tennis crowd is being heard from Australia where–surprise, surprise–it’s hot there being as it’s the middle of summer and all.
First of all, we’ll be fair about one thing–it is hot in Sydney this week. On Sunday temperatures reached 40.3 Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Or, in other words, about an average summer day in Las Vegas or Phoenix. It’s cooled off substantially since then but the whining and complaining continues. Agnieszka Radwanska, the #4 ranked women’s player in the world, boo hoo hood’ that it was ‘too hot’ to play tennis and that ‘play should have been stopped’. Amazingly this pampered professional athlete was able to muddle through a couple of hours on the court hitting a ball back and forth. Actually, it wasn’t even that long–she was on and off in 68 minutes. In other words, she spent considerably more time whining about the oppressive heat than she did playing in it. Ironically, like so many of the other gals working the professional tennis circuit she can’t wait to rip her clothes off once she leaves the court and especially if a camera is nearby. There are more topless shots of Radwanska online than there are the average Playboy Playmate.
Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova–who is more pro and less party girl than Radwanska–admitted that it was, indeed, hot but that she just kept herself hydrated and fought through it. More crybabies: Li Na and Angelique Kerber. Kerber had the stupidist comment about the heat, expressing incredulity that it was so hot she could only practice for 15 minutes before the match and not her usual 30. Presumably she also has to be told to come inside during a torrential downpour.
Now these limp noodles are worried about next week’s Australian Open set for Melbourne. You see, Australia is a big country where dreams stay with you and the front that was ‘baking’ Sydney could be bringing the heat in Melbourne by next week. Of course the women’s tennis gals will respond with some more whining and bellyaching. Toughen up, ladies–you’ll get to the bar soon enough.