Let's just start with this, in case you haven't seen it yet:
When considering the controversy surrounding Alize Cornet, there's really just one question: Is $42,000 really all it takes to take leave of your reputation?
That's the difference in the prize money had Cornet lost in her second-round battle on Thursday against Tatjana Maria. Most tennis fans know that wherever Cornet is, drama cannot be far behind. This time, when Cornet began cramping late in the match, she colored outside the lines a bit to get treatment for her legs.
Now, for some reason, you can't get treatment during a match for cramping, which is something I don't really get, but OK. Fine. The rule is no treatment if you're cramping. So Cornet is accused of getting treatment when she shouldn't have been and taking significant time out of the match.
Anyone who's been reading this blog knows how I feel about this kind of behavior. It's pretty lame, although some would argue that if you can get away with it, why not? And she did get away with it and most of that is on her opponent. Sucks, but it's true.
I gotta say that $42,000 is a lot of money for me, but not to Alize Cornet. For a pro tennis player who is actually pretty good, that doesn't seem enough money to sacrifice your reputation. Only Alize Cornet would feel good (very good -- I mean, for heaven's sake. You're not Guga. You don't just get to make clay angels after any match) about winning a match in that way. That's pretty shameless, and I don't root against people very often, but I sure was today, when Maria beat her in doubles. Haven't seen it yet, but here's hoping there was a weak lob floating around the net with Cornet on the other side.
In other news, Rafa is out of the French Open with an injured left wrist. JUST PLAY WITH THE RIGHT HAND, RAFA!
Seriously, I'm bummed. That's all I got on that right now. (sad emoji row here)