Friday, May 06, 2005

On The Mark -- A Tip of the Cap to Andy

Andy Roddick lost yesterday, but he really won. The top-ranked player in the Rome Masters tennis tournament had the chance to let a bad call finish off a victory for him, leading to a quarterfinal match with Andre Agassi. His opponent's second serve looked good, but the umpire called it long. Roddick, looking at the ball mark at his feet, which showed that the ball actually was in, had the choice to keep his mouth shut, certainly he's lost calls along the way. Instead, he corrected the umpire, told him his opponent's serve was actually good, and his opponent got the point. Roddick then went on to lose the match, and tens of thousands of dollars (if not more).

In today's world of rampant dishonesty and deceit -- a world where money is king -- I find it so incredibly refreshing to see this display of honesty. If his integrity hits home with even a few kids (and especially some adults), then it's already a grand slam.

Thank you, Andy. You have a new fan.

3 comments:

The Misanthrope said...

I will now be a fan of his too, which in the scheme of things doesn't mean much, but I will root for him during the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Devo said...

That is reassuring, not least because it happened in the realm of professional sports, which is almost beyond the pale of heightened expectations. The whole industry is so lousy with greed and spectacle that a show like Roddick's represents a truly astounding capacity for honesty...

I could just imagine his manager or agent or whatever those tennis players have seething with anger and goggling with confusion.

Huzzah, Andy Roddick, and thank you OTM, for bringing this little victory to light...

On The Mark said...

If his agent is smart, he'll push for some advertising deals around this theme.