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Thread: Umpire: "put towel in your bag"
05-20-2013, 03:04 PM #1
Umpire: "put towel in your bag"
After having watched the Sudirman Cup game between Lindaweni Fanetri against Sindhu, I wondered about a thing that happened during the match. After the interval, the umpire called Lindaweni and told her that she has to put her towel in her bag (as it was still on top of her bag).
I've seen this happen before in other matches and tournaments, and I wonder why the umpires are so strict with it. I guess it has a logical reason, but can't think of anything as it still sounds so... trivial to me.
Can anyone shed some light to it?
05-20-2013, 04:07 PM #2
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05-20-2013, 04:09 PM #3
Really? That's overly anal.
I've seen the ump ask for the racket or towel (if they were hanging over the edge of the box) to be put back into the box, but never seen this type of request.
05-20-2013, 05:00 PM #4
Surely it's to try to stop them breaking up the game as the towel is so easily accessible. By putting it in the box or bag it would discourage it.
05-20-2013, 05:20 PM #5
was the towel covering the sponsor logo?
05-20-2013, 07:09 PM #6
The video at the exact moment when the umpire was asking for it: http://youtu.be/GlNBCVWwUa8?t=35m28s
I'm just curious why. That argument about racket/towel covering the logo sounds plausible, just as it looks more presentable for viewers.
05-21-2013, 02:19 AM #7
pretty standard for a ref to make the players put everything in there boxes accurately.
a bit narrow-minded imho, but nothing special...
05-21-2013, 02:52 AM #8
05-21-2013, 02:06 PM #9
it is standard drill for any international umpire to watch out for, tidiness of the boxes.
especially, it is covering the logo of sponsor.
But, to what extend it is subjective. Covering the logo of course is not allowed.
Rackets on top, towel on the bag is subjective, imho
05-21-2013, 02:23 PM #10
For image, I think it is a good idea to keep things tidy. Those boxes are in the direct view of the court side cameras and it would be bad if they looks like a part of the local laundromat.
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05-21-2013, 02:32 PM #11
It also shows the players who is the boss
05-21-2013, 09:47 PM #12
Nit picking umpire.
05-22-2013, 04:10 AM #13
05-22-2013, 04:30 AM #14
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05-23-2013, 10:13 AM #15
On TV it looks horrible BUT somehow when you're at courtside or in a game it doesnt seem to matter to the audience. In fact it looks "good" to see players leaving up to 8 rackets or more along courtside! Guess that's what presentation for media is all about.
05-23-2013, 10:40 AM #16
what about putting the rackets on the floor (near the box)? is that allowed?
i think i seen it in both MD and XD in the past, but not recently.
05-23-2013, 10:56 AM #17