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Is the USTA and Alec Baldwin Going to Start Politicizing US Open Tennis?

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Posted on September 10 2010 10:00 am
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It wasn’t that long ago when the NBA decided to “take a stand” against Arizona’s immigration law. It began with the Phoenix Suns who sported “Los Suns” jerseys as a form of protest. What followed was commentary from airhead Charles Barkley and the rest of the TNT crew who began to spew their senseless political insights before playoff games. To make matters worse, Al Sharpton formed a march to the capitol that was covered during a game. It was disgraceful broadcasting to say the least.

This brings me to another one of my favorite sports, professional tennis. I had the opportunity to go to New York City and meet up with my good friend Greg Victor to attend the first couple days of the US Open championship last week. Needless to say it was a blast. However, watching the rest of the event on television, I see that the USTA has other motivations. It appears that the USTA has once again employed leftist Alec Baldwin to advocate the “USTA Green Initiative.”

Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with being green. There is also nothing wrong with caring for the environment, after all, who doesn’t want a cleaner planet? The problem here is the poster boy that the USTA has chosen. Sure, he is a frequent visitor to the US Open, but he is also an outspoken leftist. Why was someone like Baldwin chosen, wouldn’t you think that having some of the WTA players do a plug for recycling be more beneficial for tennis fans?

By using Baldwin, whose personal views are no secret, the USTA is likely unintentionally (I hope) politicizing a sporting event that usually brings people together. As far as I can tell, tennis is an apolitical sport. People from all walks of life enjoy it and come to New York City (well, Queens) to enjoy beautiful weather and exciting tennis action this time of year. We don’t need lectures from people like Alec Baldwin, even if he is a devoted tennis fan. Spike Lee is a life-long basketball fan but I certainly don’t want him preaching during games.

While at the Open, Greg and I were talking about how great it is to have people from all over the world show up in one place and enjoy something like this wonderful tennis championship. For these two weeks, politics do not matter, we all get a breath of fresh air. We all get along, sitting and standing with one another enjoying a sport that we love. Let’s hope that the USTA can keep their event apolitical and not follow the poor example the NBA provided earlier this year.  By utilizing some of the classy members of their sport instead of outspoken so-called liberal actors, the USTA will be able to help the environment and keep professional tennis away from politics. It’s a slippery slope, leave the arrogant and sarcastic preaching in Hollywood.

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