Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Great Play: MKE Tennis Pro Smyczek Shows "Amazing" Sportsmanship

Nadal congratulates and thanks Smyczek (left) on the match
In the second round of the Australian Open, Milwaukee native and No. 112 ranked pro tennis player Tim Smyczek showed the world what character we Wisconsinites have. He battled current No. 3 ranked "King of Clay" and 14-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller to 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 3-6, 5-7. But his tru character came when he gave Nadal a break that showed "amazing" sportsmanship according to the "King".

Nadal was serving at 6-5 in the fifth set when someone in the stands shouted and the serve went long. As Nadal was about to go for second-serve, Smyczek signaled that Nadal should discount the failed first serve and redo it. Nadal ended up winning the pointon the next serve with the mulligan. After four grueling hours of play to be so close to an upset and give his opponent that edge of not needing a second serve, Smyczek showed what "sportsmanship" truly is.

"You know, I thought it was the right thing to do." Smyczek said about conceding the mulligan. Too bad some others in the news lately didn't think about if what they did was the "right thing to do" whether it gave them an edge or not *cough* Patriots *cough*.